Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dangerous drugs worth about $44 million (with photo)

14 Feb 2023

​Hong Kong Customs yesterday (February 13) seized a total of about 51 kilograms of suspected dangerous drugs, including about 48kg of suspected heroin, about 1.8kg of suspected cocaine, about 1.1kg of suspected ketamine and about 410 grams of suspected crack cocaine, in Cheung Sha Wan and Tai Kok Tsui. The total estimated market value was about $44 million. Two men and one woman, aged between 22 and 24, were arrested.

During an anti-narcotics operation conducted in Cheung Sha Wan last night, Customs officers intercepted two suspicious men who were conveying 10 carton boxes of goods on a trolley. Upon inspection, Customs officers found that 124 clothbags inside the carton boxes concealed suspected heroin. The total weight of the drugs was about 45kg. The two men were subsequently arrested while a small number of suspected drugs were also found in one of them.

Customs officers later escorted the two arrested men to a residential premises nearby for a search and further seized about 1.5kg of suspected cocaine, about 10g of suspected crack cocaine, a small amount of suspected ketamine and a batch of suspected drug packaging paraphernalia. A woman suspected to be connected with the case was further arrested.

After a follow-up investigation, Customs officers raided a commercial premises in Tai Kok Tsui and further seized about 3kg of suspected heroin, about 1.1kg of suspected ketamine, about 400g of suspected crack cocaine, about 300g of suspected cocaine and a batch of suspected drug packaging paraphernalia.

An investigation is ongoing.

Customs reminds members of the public to stay alert and not to participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return. They must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong. They are also reminded not to carry unknown items for other people.

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/Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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