MACAU SEIZED USD3MN WORTH OF LIQUID COCAINE DISGUISED AS RED WINE DELIVERY
By Tony Zhu
Source: Macau Police
Macau police has seized MOP24million (USD3mn) worth of liquid cocaine in two operations, the drug was disguised as red wine and was posted to Macau via Hong Kong from drug gangs based in South America and Europe, Macau News Agency reported.
It is reported that a total of 7.4 litres of liquid cocaine filled in eight wine bottles were seized in two operations on 29 January and 2 February.
“The liquid cocaine was mixed with red materials to enhance its look as red wine,” Macau News Agency quoted the police force as saying.
Macau police had received intelligence that transnational drug trafficking syndicates were using postal methods to smuggle liquid cocaine disguised as red wine in order to avoid the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
In a joint investigation with Hong Kong narcotics bureau, Macau police successfully identified two suspicious parcels and the criminal gang involved.
On 29 January, police detained a 39-year-old local taxi driver who picked-up a parcel sent from South America with two magnum bottles of “red wine”. He later admitted to receiving MOP3,000 to assist the criminal group in receiving drug parcels.
Then on 2 February, police arrested a 19-year-old Hong Kong man who picked up six bottles sent from Europe at an express delivery company.
The man admitted to being instructed by a drug gang to to pick up the parcel for a reward of HKD40,000 (USD5,333). The man had just completed 21 days of quarantine at the time of the arrest after travelling from Hong Kong.
The investigation is on-going, the mastermind behind these two trafficking incidents has not been arrested yet.
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