Customs smashes drug manufacturing centre in Sham Tseng (with photos)

1 Nov 2009

Hong Kong Customs smashed a drug manufacturing and distribution centre in Sham Tseng last night (October 31) and seized 1.1 kilogrammes of "crack" cocaine, 75 grammes of cocaine and 540 grammes of ketamine valued at $1.4 million in total. A 22-year-old man was arrested.

Following an in-depth investigation, officers of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau identified a drug trafficking syndicate which manufactured and distributed drugs at a domestic flat of a private housing estate in Sham Tseng.

The officers mounted an operation last night and intercepted the man outside the flat. Some 180 grammes of ketamine were found on him and a search of the flat led to the seizure of apparatus fit for manufacturing of "crack" cocaine, 1.1 kilogrammes of "crack" cocaine, 75 grammes of cocaine and 360 grammes of ketamine.

The man will be charged with "manufacturing a dangerous drug" and "trafficking in a dangerous drug". He will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (November 2).

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, manufacturing and trafficking of drugs are serious offences. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

Ends/Sunday, November 1, 2009

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