Two snared over shipment of "ice" using seafood as cover

Local | 10 Jan 2021 6:46 pm

A drug trafficking case in which smugglers camouflaged suspected liquid “ice” as refrigerant gel packs and used fresh crabs as cover had been busted, police said after seizing drugs worth HK$5.5 million and arresting two men.

Narcotics Bureau chief inspector Wong Tsz-man said drug trafficking using seafood as cover was rare.

“It is believed that limited air freight services amid the pandemic might have caused smugglers turning to drug trafficking via sea routes, during which seafood was used as cover,” Wong said.

In an operation yesterday, police seized 12 bottles of liquid “ice”, 370 grams of crack cocaine and 1.21 kilograms of heroin in a To Kwa Wan building on Anhui Street.

On the same day, a 24-year-old air-conditioning technician, Fong, and a 33-year-old unemployed man, Tsang, were held while heading to the building.

Fong was charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug, whereas Tsang with conspiracy to traffic in a dangerous drug. They had been detained for questioning as of yesterday.

Wong said one of the duo was responsible for transporting the liquid “ice” from Malaysia, and the other for sending the drug for processing.

“The liquid“ice” was filled into water bottles...The bottles were then mixed with seafood and frozen in the fridge,” Wong said.

"The drug was then sent to the duo's accomplices for processing when the timing was right, including refining and solidifying the drug, before circulating it in the local market."

Wong said the two suspects were unloading five styrofoam boxes from a wagon and retrieving water bottles from the boxes at the time of the operation.

“One of the duo then carried the boxes to the upstairs of the To Kwa Wan building, whereas the other assisted him,” she said.

“Police officers immediately stopped the duo, and retrieved a total of 12 bottles filled with 500 millimeters of liquid "ice” each from the boxes full of fresh crab.”

Wong said the liquid “ice” could be turned into four kilograms of the drug in crystalline form after refinery.

“Later, officers also found pre-packaged drugs at the subdivided unit the duo headed to, including 370 grams of crack cocaine, 1.21 kilograms of heroin and a batch of drug-packaging tools.”

She reminded that trafficking in a dangerous drug was a severe offense.

“According to the Dangerous Drug Ordinance, the offense is punishable by a maximum penalty of HK$5 million fine and life imprisonment...Citizens, please do not attempt to defy the law.”

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