Narcotics interdiction is one of the key responsibilities of the Customs & Excise Department. Customs officers are stationed at the entry / exit points for processing passengers, examining cargoes and mail parcels and searching vehicles, vessels and aircraft to detect and deter drug trafficking. The Customs Drug Investigation Bureau (CDIB) of the Department is responsible for conducting in-depth investigations on different levels of drug (Opens a new window) trafficking activities. It also maintains close cooperation and exchange of intelligence with local, Mainland and overseas law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking.
The Financial Investigation Group of Syndicate Crimes Investigation Bureau is empowered under the Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) Ordinance, Chapter 405, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) and the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, Chapter 455 (Opens a new window) , to trace, confiscate and recover proceeds of drug trafficking. It also handles requests from overseas jurisdictions for assistance in the enforcement of external confiscation of drug proceeds under the Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) (Designated Countries and Territories) Order, Chapter 405A (Opens a new window) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance, Chapter 525 (Opens a new window) . There is also a Joint Financial Intelligence Unit (Opens a new window) , manned by the Department and the Police, to handle reports on suspicious financial transactions under the provisions of the above regulations. The Controlled Chemicals Group of CDIB is responsible for the enforcement of the Control of Chemicals Ordinance, Chapter 145, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . It administers a licencing system to control precursor chemicals which can be used in the illicit manufacture of dangerous drugs.
If you have any information on drug activities, you are encouraged to report to us.