A 19-year-old Greek model was arrested at the Hong Kong international airport carrying 2.6kg cocaine worth HK$2.4million ($300,000, €310,00). She faces life sentence. The local community on the island of Lesvos is shocked as the young woman is the daughter of a respected policeman.
The woman arrived to Hong Kong on a flight coming from Ethiopia on Monday. She was randomly selected for a routine inspection at the airport.
Customs officers seized a 2.6kg pack of cocaine in a false compartment in the back-bag she was carrying.
Customs officers picked up the other three women at the airport and seized more than HK$5 million worth of cocaine in three separate cases between Tuesday and Friday last week.
“We believe the [seized drugs] were for local consumption. It is possible drug dealers tried to stock up on illegal drugs ahead of festive season,” a source with the knowledge of the investigation said.
He said customs officers were still investigating whether the four women were recruited by the same drug trafficking syndicate to smuggle cocaine into Hong Kong.
According to thestandard.com.hk, no plea was entered at the court and the case was adjourned until February 14, 2018.
She was denied bail and remanded in custody.
Similar arrests in HK
In Hong Kong, the crime carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.
Last Friday, a woman, 52, arrived Peru via the Netherlands was arrested at the airport after she was found to be carrying 2.5kg of cocaine packed into 180 condoms inside her body.
On the previous day,a woman, 24, arrived from Tanzania via Ethiopia was arrested at the airport after 2kg of cocaine worth HK$1.84 million was found in the false compartment of her luggage.
In a separate case on Tuesday last week, customs officers at the airport arrested a 48-year-old woman arrived from Tanzania via Ethiopia for carrying 1kg of cocaine in 70 packets inside her body.
The source said traffickers used different concealment methods and smuggling routes to avoid detection.
Daughter of policeman in Lesvos
Greek and local media quote her father, a policeman on the island of Lesvoswho is convinced that his daughter “had fallen victim to the drug dealers’ mafia who took advantage of her dream for a career in modelling.”
Media publish the name of the arrested model and distorted pictures.
The local community speaks of “a very quite girl, the daughter of one of the most consistent and honest policemen” on the island “who is shocked and tries to find ways to rescue his child from the tentacles of the mafia.”
“It was perhaps Irene’s dream to make a successful career in modeling and the mafia took advantage of it,” speculates lesvosnews.gr speculates adding that “she was most likely not aware of what she was carrying.” The local community and the media are convinced that the arrested model is innocent and ask “can a girl at this tender age be a member of a criminal organization?”
Greek Epsilon TV reported that the drugs were supposed to land in Greece with another flight and for local consumption. Friends of the family on Lesvos said that the young woman was working at a petrol station on the island and that she moved a couple of months ago to Kalamata in Southern Peloponnese for studies.
Also the friends are convinced that she is a victim.
The family reportedly did not know that she was abroad, it didn’t even know she was arrested.
It looks as if the young woman does not know her rights and she did not even ask the assistance of the Greek Consultate in Hong Kong.
PS Lesvos – Kalamata-[Athens]-Ethiopia-Hong Kong is a very long way for a 19-year-old whether a model or a student.