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Filipino resident pleads guilty to trafficking drugs worth $2million

10 September 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The ketamine packets Benoza brought in were wrapped as snacks

A Filipino resident pleaded guilty today, Sept 10, at the High Court to a charge of bringing into the city 4.2 kilograms of ketamine worth $2 million from Thailand more than two years ago.

Richard Marc A. Benoza, a former bartender, admitted the offense before Court of First Instance Judge Audrey Campbell-Moffat. The judge set Benoza’s sentencing to Sept 20.

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Benoza, then 27, was arrested by Customs & Excise officers upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport on Jan 24, 2019, after a check of his backpack yielded 34 packets of ketamine tablets and granules wrapped as snacks.

The defendant was charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug at the Kowloon City Court on Jan 26 that year and has since been in detention.

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Benoza tried to apply for bail on Jan 6 last year so he could return to his family and take care of his grandmother, but judge Poon Siu-tung rejected his application, citing the huge amount of drugs involved, and the possibility that he would abscond.


Meanwhile, over in Kowloon City Court, Filipina domestic worker Mary Jane Ocay who also faces drug trafficking charges, similarly failed in her bid to convince magistrate Ada Yim to allow her to post bail.

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Ocay offered to post $10,000 bail but the prosecutor opposed the application, citing the amount of drug involved. But no details of her case were mentioned.

Magistrate Yim adjourned the case until Oct 18 and ordered Ocay back into custody.

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