Suitcases made from 10kg of cocaine seized at Shanghai airport

A woman was arrested at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after she tried to smuggle in two suitcases made of cocaine.
A woman was arrested at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after she tried to smuggle in two suitcases made of cocaine.PHOTO: KANKANEWS

SHANGHAI - Shanghai customs has arrested a woman who tried to smuggle two suitcases made from more than 10kg of cocaine, in the first case of its kind in China.

The woman is from a South-east Asian country and had flown into Shanghai Pudong International Airport from South America, said a customs official cited by Xinhua news agency. It did not specify the woman's nationality.

She was already on customs officials' radar for being on a list of "high-risk passengers involved in drugs", Xinhua said.

When the woman was asked to empty her luggage, there was nothing suspicious at first glance - merely empty suitcases.

But they were heavier than ordinary ones after being emptied, said the official.

The suitcases tested positive for drug content during a fast drug test, and were later found to made from 10.2 kg of cocaine, reported Xinhua.

The incident occurred in February, but was disclosed Tuesday ahead of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26.

Drug traffickers have long been dreaming up ways to transport cocaine - making an entire leg cast out of the drug, or dissolving it into wine, as one Chinese couple was caught doing just last month, reported BBC.

The woman has the dubious distinction of trying to sneak past security entire suitcases fashioned out of hardened cocaine.

She now faces the ultimate penalty for the offence. According to Chinese law, anyone convicted of trafficking 50 grams of cocaine or more will be given a mandatory death sentence.