Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Cocaine bust in Hong Kong - aircraft engine

Hong Kong customs agents discovered 217 kg of cocaine stashed inside an aircraft engine shipped from Ecuador. The engine arrived in March in a shipping container. Customs officers were suspicious as jet engines are rarely shipped from South America, and the receiver didn't collect the presumed expensive cargo. An X-ray revealed the stash and the engine was disassembled.
After inspection it was found the engine was old, not airworthy, and not serviceable. It was rusty, but the outer shell of the combustion chamber had been spray painted to make it look new.

This is the largest seaborne cocaine trafficking bust in Hong Kong since 2012 and is among the largest cocaine seizures so far this year from a shipping container.