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HK arrests Malaysian man with ketamine hidden in toothpaste tub
2005-05-26 01:44:08 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONG KONG, May 26 (AP) -- Hong Kong customs authorities have arrested a Malaysian man caught at the airport with toothpaste tubes containing the party drug ketamine, the government said Thursday.

A total amount of 2.64 kilograms (5.8 pounds) of ketamine, worth 620,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$80,000; €63,500), was seized, with some of the drug also hidden in food packets and toiletry containers, the government said.

The 34-year-old suspect, arrested Wednesday, will be charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million (US$643,000; €512,000), the statement said.

It wasn't immediately clear where the suspect was traveling from or where his hometown is.

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