The Straits Times
Published on Aug 03, 2012

Jail for Hong Kongers after huge Australia cocaine bust


MELBOURNE (AFP) - Two men from Hong Kong were on Friday handed lengthy jail terms in Australia after importing US$180 million (S$225 million) of cocaine hidden in lawnmowers.

Lau Pak Kwan, 34, was jailed for 20 years while Yim Yiu Chi, 36, was sentenced to 19 years for their part in one of the largest cocaine seizures ever made by Australian police.

A third man from Sydney, Samuel Hotin Yung, 21, was jailed for 11 years.

All three pleaded guilty to importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.