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NCJ Number: 119774 Find in a Library
Title: Illicit Drugs on Ships Entering Hong Kong
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:35  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1983)  Pages:57-59
Author(s): G L Mortimer
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 3
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: Government authorities in Hong Kong seized 672 kilograms of illicit drugs in 721 seizures on board 254 vessels, between 1974 and the end of 1982.
Abstract: The drugs were found hidden in places on board the ship to which all crew members had access, thus no arrests were made. These vessels were not subject to forfeiture under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (1935) because they exceeded 250 gross tons. On January 15, 1983 an amendment to that Ordinance came into force that imposes on the owner of a ship that exceeds 250 tons a maximum fine of Hong Kong dollars 5 million if the ship is found to have carried excessive quantities of illicit drugs on two occasions within a period of 18 months. If the financial penalty is not paid, the ship may be forfeited to the Crown. The excessive quantity is defined as 3,000 grams of opium or cannabis, or 500 grams of any other dangerous drug. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Forfeiture law
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug smuggling; Hong Kong
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