13 kilos of liquid cocaine found in hollowed-out dragonfruit from Colombia

A shipment of yellow dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, was seized by government officials yesterday after it was found to contain 13.3 kilograms of liquid cocaine, worth about HKD13.8 million. 

A total of 51 boxes was delivered from Colombia via London, and arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday, Apple Daily reports.

Customs officers inspected 98 pieces of fruit, which had reportedly been hollowed out, injected with around 135 grams of liquid cocaine each, then sealed with glue.

(Not to detract from the gravity of drug trafficking, but we’re really quite sad at the thought of all that delicious fruit going to waste.)

A 36-year-old driver who was waiting to pick the shipment up at the airport cargo terminal was arrested on the spot. 

A spokesperson for the Customs and Excise Department told Apple Daily that investigations are ongoing, and that other arrests may still be made.


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