Anti-smuggling operations see HK$500m frozen meat in Tuen Mun seized

Local | 5 Oct 2021 4:15 pm

Police seized frozen meat worth over HK$500 million in containers at Lung Kwu Tan in Tuen Mun. This was during a series of anti-smuggling operations that took place after the death of marine cop Lam Yuen-yee. 

The police's anti-triad unit and marine division, as well as officers from the Food and Environmental Health Department and the Government Flying Service mounted two operations between Sunday and Monday, aiming to cut the source of triad societies' income and safeguard sea safety.

In the first operation, cops and officers from the Food and Environmental Health Department raided a container terminal at Lung Kwu Tan on Monday. They found over 200 containers there and around 1,700 tonnes of frozen meat and offal worth over HK$500 million.

Some containers came with a freezing function and were connected to generators. Officers also seized two speed boats with four to five extended engines installed on each of them.

The manager of the site, a 40-year-old man surnamed Chow, was arrested for operating a cold store without a license and constructing vessels for smuggling. Police added that the man is a triad member.

In the second operation, the marine police and officers from the Government Flying Service patrolled a number of smuggling black spots near Houhai and found two speedboats hidden in mangroves during the two-day operation. They also found another speedboat at Pak Mong on Lantau Island this morning.

Marine police said the three speedboats were installed with up to four extended engines, allowing the boats to run as fast as 50 miles per hour at sea, equivalent to over 80 kilometers per hour on land.

Police said that some of the frozen meat came from Brazil and Netherlands, and it is possible that the meat will be exported to the Mainland.

Police are still investigating if some of the frozen meat has entered the market in Hong Kong, and whether the city is the transit depot for relevant smuggling activities. They also noted that triad members could be masterminds of the crime.

When reporters asked whether law enforcement carried out more stringent anti-smuggling operations because of the death of marine police Lam Yuen-yee, an officer only said that they take resolute action against any illegal activities.

Lam and three other marine cops fell into sea after a boat crash when they were chasing smugglers in Tuen Mun on September 25. The three officers were rescued but Lam went missing. Her body was found along a shoreline two days later on September 27.

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