Police arrested 58 people and seized over HK$700,000 worth of goods in an anti-crime operation.
The operation, code-named "Dashrebound," was carried out from October 23 to 24 and raided 17 locations, and over 60 licensed venues including bars, night clubs, and saunas. 42 men and 16 women aged between 21 and 69 years old are arrested, some of which have triad backgrounds.
They were arrested for offenses including damaging properties, fighting in public, illegal immigration, operating unlawful gambling establishments, and selling liquors without a license.
Mong Kok District Anti-triad squad (Team 1) commanding officer, Inspector Chan Yan-leung, said that some of the arrested violated the social gathering ban. Charges are pressed on some of the arrestees while the others are granted bail.
Police also confiscated 34 grams of ketamine, seven grams of methamphetamine, six grams of cocaine, five grams of suspected crack cocaine, ten arcade machines running fishing games, around 22,000 obscene DVDs, a batch of liquor, and HK$24,000 cash, in the series of raids.
Officers said that some non-local sex workers entered Hong Kong illegally to avoid the 14-day quarantine, with the majority of them coming from the mainland.
Given the decreasing hotel rates, the police said that some people might rent the place for drug dealing or prostitution. They urged the hotel operators to verify residents' identities before checking them in.