(HONG KONG) – Customs officials in Hong Kong uncovered $33.4 million worth of cocaine concealed in hollowed-out planks that originated in Bolivia and were en route to China, reports the BBC.
The 639-pound seizure was the second-largest drug bust in the region and was part of a “sophisticated” drug smuggling operation, according to customs officials in Hong Kong.
The bust has raised concerns that recreational drug use is on the rise in China due to growing wealth in the country. The country’s largest bust happened just last year, when 820 pounds of cocaine were discovered in a village in April.
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