Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dangerous drugs worth about $6.5 million (with photos)

16 Jun 2022

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (June 15) detected two drug trafficking cases in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po and seized about 5.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine, about 760 grams of suspected ketamine and about 65g of suspected crack cocaine with a total estimated market value of about $6.5 million. Two men and one woman were arrested.

During an anti-narcotics operation conducted in Chai Wan yesterday afternoon, Customs officers intercepted a 26-year-old man and seized about 5.2kg of suspected cocaine inside his rucksack. The man was arrested subsequently.

After follow-up investigation, Customs officers conducted a search at an industrial unit nearby and further seized a batch of drug packaging paraphernalia and a dismantled transformer. It is suspected that criminals used the transformer as camouflage to transport the drugs involved in the case to the unit for storage.

Also, Customs officers intercepted a 28-year-old man in Sham Shui Po yesterday evening and found about 60g of suspected ketamine and about 15g of suspected crack cocaine inside his trouser pockets. The man was then arrested. The officers later escorted the man to a residential premises nearby for a search and further seized about 700g of suspected ketamine, about 50g of suspected crack cocaine and a batch of drug packaging paraphernalia inside the premises. A follow-up investigation led to the arrest of a 27-year-old woman suspected to be connected with the case at the premises.

Investigations of the two above-mentioned cases are ongoing.

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

Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Thursday, June 16, 2022

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