Cops uncover deadly drugs hidden in rocks

Local | Erin Chan 27 Nov 2020

The police have busted two drug trafficking cases, including one that adopted the rare tactic of hiding HK$26 million worth of suspected ice inside rocks found in a Sheung Shui warehouse.

A 32-year-old Pakistani man on a "going-out pass" was detained for questioning as of yesterday.

The man, said to be related to the Tsuen Wan-based Wo Shing Wo triad, was apprehended during a late-night raid by Kowloon West District Special Duties Squad at the warehouse in Kwu Tung the day before.

Officers drilled open rocks in the warehouse and discovered 42 kilograms of suspected ice believed to have been shipped from Pakistan. They also lifted the tiles of the warehouse's drop ceiling to see if more drugs were hidden inside.

Items used for dividing the drugs, such as electronic weighing scales and plastic bags, were also found at the scene.

Police said the case was being investigated and further arrests were possible.

In a separate incident, two men will appear in West Kowloon Magistrates' Court today for possessing 18 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth HK$32 million.

The duo - an unemployed 35-year-old man and a 45-year-old cleaner with triad backgrounds - were charged with trafficking of dangerous drugs. A third suspect arrested with the two men - an unemployed 29-year-old woman - was still being detained for questioning as of yesterday.

The three suspects were apprehended in an open space parking lot on Tsing Hung Road, Tsing Yi, at 1.30pm on Wednesday after officers received intelligence about a drug deal. Senior inspector of the Narcotics Bureau, Chan Chi-wa, said the trio were snared by police as they approached a vehicle in the parking lot.

"Later, the two men were seen opening the trunk of the vehicle, and officers suspected a drug transaction was going on and therefore frisked the three," Chan said.

"Officers then found 18 kilograms of suspected cocaine in the trunk The three were arrested for trafficking in dangerous drugs."

Chan said the source of the drugs - believed to be catered to the local market - was still being investigated by the police, adding that the police were looking into whether the drugs were circulated by local warehouses.

Apart from the drugs, officers also seized HK$600,000 in cash from the vehicle, he said.

"For the weighing scales we found in the trunk of the vehicle, they are believed to be tools used by suspects when allocating the drugs," Chan said.

He said that criminals would use vehicles parked in remote parking lots as "warehouses" for drugs to avoid detection.

"Please alert the police if you discover people approaching suspicious vehicles that have been parked in car parks for long durations," he said."The police force is here to reiterate that drug trafficking is a serious criminal offense, and it is punishable by a maximum penalty of HK$5 million and life imprisonment."

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