Hong Kong authorities reportedly arrested two Filipino siblings at the Chek Lap Kok Airport who were found with 14 kilos of crystal methamphetamine in their luggage.
A report aired on Radio Television Hong Kong on Monday said the Filipinos, aged 27 and 31, were arrested on Sunday while they were boarding a flight back to Subic.
The drugs were hidden inside the false compartments of three suitcases. The street value of the drugs was pegged at HK$11 million or approximately P61.4 million. But if the drug was sold in the Philippines, the amount could double.
The same report said that the drug seizure was the biggest made in Hong Kong since 2011. It came barely a month after a Filipino woman was executed in mainland China for drug trafficking.
Crystal methamphetamine supposedly creates a feeling of “euphoria and increased confidence” but hallucinations and paranoia are potential side-effects. It has reportedly become popular for young addicts in Asia.
Under Hong Kong law, manufacturing and trafficking of dangerous drugs carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.
Only July 3, a 35-year-old Filipina was executed for carrying six kilos of heroin in China.
The Department of Foreign Affairs did not reveal the identity of the woman upon the request of her family.