Driver reveals drugs suspects

Local | Sophie Hui 4 Jan 2018

A GoGoVan driver's intuition led to police arresting two suspected drug dealers after he found two bags of white powder while making a delivery.

The driver, a 33-year-old man surnamed Lui, received a delivery order from a 24-year-old woman, surnamed Ng, on Tuesday night at about nine o'clock.

Ng requested the driver to send a bag that supposedly contained a mobile phone from Sheung Shui to Yau Ma Tei.

When Lui arrived at Tsiu Keng Village in Sheung Shui, he saw five men there. A 26-year-old man, surnamed Yuen, said he had requested the delivery service as his car's window had been smashed by his rivals.

Yuen gave Lui a paper bag, which he claimed had a mobile phone, and said someone would pick up the delivery when the driver arrived at Yau Ma Tei.

A suspicious Lui stopped the vehicle on Choi Yuen Road near Sheung Shui Station and opened the paper bag. He was astonished to find two transparent plastic bags that contained white powder and no mobile phone. Lui called the police at 9.40pm.

Officers suspected the white powder to be ketamine. It weighed 27 grams and had an estimated market value of about HK$16,000.

Police also found that Yuen had called the police about his windshield being shattered.

Officers arrested Ng and Yuen in Sheung Shui at 6am yesterday for drug trafficking. The case is being handled by Tai Po District Investigation Team 4.

A GoGoVan spokesman, surnamed Chan, said Lui joined the company three years ago and was highly competent.

Chan said Lui took the order randomly through the company's platform and felt suspicious while making the delivery.

"The driver thought it was suspicious and called our drivers' hotline. He then decided to call the police afterward," the spokesman said.

Chan said similar incidents have occurred in the past.

"But most of our drivers are smart and they call the police for help upon finding suspicious items," he said. "It is difficult for us to have perfect measures to protect our drivers in such incidents, but we provide one to two hours training to the drivers. They have to take the class before they start working."

The training program teaches drivers how to pick up orders. "Some of our veteran drivers also share their experiences," Chan said.

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