Hong Kong Cops Make $43M Coke Bust

26 boxes of cocaine found stashed on suburban rooftop
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2010 8:17 AM CDT
Hong Kong Cops Make $43M Coke Bust
That's a lot of coke.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

In their largest haul ever, police in Hong Kong have seized 820 pounds of cocaine that was reportedly part of a botched drug shipment sent to the southern Chinese territory by mistake. Officers discovered the stash—which has a street value of $43.4 million—on the roof of a suburban house while investigating a missing person report on Sunday.

The cocaine was stored in 26 boxes atop the three-story village house, the South China Morning Post reported today. The huge stash was the subject of negotiations between the missing person—suspected Dutch-Chinese dealer Chang Ma-ki—and Hong Kong dealers after it was mistakenly shipped to the territory, the Post reported. Hong Kong police said they have arrested eight people—four men and four women aged 22 to 84—in connection with the case. (More Hong Kong stories.)

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