Customs seize dangerous drugs worth over HK$17 million

Local | 8 Jun 2021 9:29 pm

Customs detected four dangerous drugs trafficking cases and seized a batch of suspected dangerous drugs worth about HK$17.3 million in total. 

About 41kg of suspected cannabis buds, about 5kg of suspected cocaine, about 1.75kg of suspected ketamine, about 1.3kg of suspected cannabis resin and about 1kg of suspected methamphetamine were seized in the operations. 

Nine men and two women, aged between 15 and 49, were arrested during the operations. 

Officers on June 5 inspected an air mail parcel arriving Hong Kong from the UK at Hong Kong International Airport and seized about 250g of suspected ketamine inside the parcel. A 40-year-old man suspected to be in connection with the case was arrested today at a residential unit in Tai Wo Hau. 

Officers in the unit also seized about 1kg of suspected methamphetamine and a batch of drug-packaging paraphernalia. 

On June 6 officers at the airport inspected an air consignment declared as carrying soaps and cosmetics. It arrived in the city from Brazil via Turkey. About 5kg of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside 70 bars of soap out of 864 bars. 

Customs then arrested four men and two women aged between 15 and 49 in Yuen Long yesterday, suspected to be connected with the case. 

Anti-narcotics operations were conducted in the city yesterday as well, in which customs intercepted three men, aged between 29 and 43, in Tai Kok Tsui and Ma On Shan. 

About 41kg of suspected cannabis buds, about 1.3kg of suspected cannabis resin and a batch of drug-packaging paraphernalia were seized in one man's possession and the plastic bag he was carrying, in a residential unit in Tai Kok Tsui, a subdivided unit in an industrial building in Tsuen Wan and a residential unit in Ma On Shan. 

Officers also raided a 17-year-old man's residential unit in Ngau Chi Wan last night, and found about 1.5kg of suspected ketamine concealed inside four metal cans. He was then arrested. 

Customs added that it will continue to enhance enforcement against drug trafficking activities through intelligence analysis. It also reminded the public to stay alert and not to participate in drug trafficking activities for money in return. 

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a HK$5 million fine and life imprisonment.

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