20 Jan '11, 5am

Hong Kong has seized 290kg of cocaine worth $43m - the territory's second largest drugs bust to date

HONG KONG - HONG KONG customs officers have made the territory's second largest ever drugs haul, seizing cocaine worth HK$260 million (S$43 million) hidden in planks bound for mainland China. The seizure of 290kg of the drug was the largest yet made by the city's Customs and Excise Department and is believed to be the second biggest the city has seen, a customs spokesman told AFP on Thursday. Customs officials discovered the drugs hidden in dozens of hollowed-out wooden planks in a shipment originating from Bolivia on December 29 last year, a statement on Wednesday evening said. Inside each of the planks were three slabs of cocaine wrapped in plastic and carbon paper, each weighing about 1.1kg. The discovery was only made public on Wednesday because officials were hoping that someone would claim the consignment, local reports said on Thursday. The concealment method was 's...

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