Filipino Seafarer Caught With 2.7Kg of Cocaine Into Hong Kong

A Filipino seafarer was caught smuggling 2.7 kilograms of cocaine as he attempted to enter Hong Kong on June 1.

According to Hong Kong News, citing Vice Consul Alex Vallespin said Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department apprehended the Filipino seafarer, described to be “in his late 40s,” after he delivered the prohibited substances to two Colombian nationals.

“The seafarer’s vessel docked in Hong Kong and Customs authorities tailed him until he delivered the drugs to the recipients,” Vallespin said.

Both the Filipino, who was not named, and the Colombian nationals were then arrested.

Vallespin said the Filipino seafarer was scheduled to fly to Manila on the evening of June 2, but failed to do so when he was detained by Hong Kong authorities. The PCG official added the Filipino told him he met two persons in Colombia, and while they were out drinking, he was offered to take the drugs to the Philippines in exchange for money.

Hong Kong authorities soon discovered HK$100,000 (P641,695) from the Filipino’s bag.

“He initially said he was surprised to see $10,000 from his bag. I told him to tell the truth,” Vallespin said.