HONG KONG, Dec. 13 -- Security officers at a South China airport have seized about 10 ounces (280 grams) of heroin from two men as they prepared to board separate flights this week, a semi-official news agency reported. Authorities at Baiyun International Airport in Canton made the first bust on Dec. 9 after an X-ray check revealed that three packs of white powder had been hidden in a pair of sports shoes stuffed in some luggage, the China News Service said.
Officers attempted to question a Shanghai-based passenger as he retrieved his luggage, but the man ran off without his bag. He was later stopped and a body search revealed he had been hiding more contraband and drug paraphernalia. The three packs in the man's baggage weighed six ounces (180 grams). On Tuesday, airport security officers conducting another routine security check found half an ounce (15 grams) of white powder hidden in the cigarette pack belonging to another Shanghai-bound passenger, the report said. The man also ran from officers, but upon his capture police confiscated three ounces (85 grams) of heroin. Authorities said the two men are now assisting with the investigations.