Distribution centre of dangerous drugs in Sha Tin smashed

21 Feb 2005

Customs Drug Investigation Bureau officers yesterday (February 20) neutralised a storage and distribution centre of dangerous drugs in Sha Tin, resulting in the arrest of two persons and the seizure of HK$119,000 worth of dangerous drugs, and six knives.

Following intensive investigations based on intelligence, Customs officers conducted a surveillance operation at Pai Tau Tsuen in Sha Tin yesterday (February 20). About 8 pm, they intercepted a 27-year-old man and found from his bag 1.5 kg of herbal cannabis, 68 grams of cannabis resin, and five hunting knives.

In subsequent investigations, Customs officers found on a residential premises in Pai Tau Tsuen a small quantity of "ice", herbal cannabis, cannabis resin, paraphernalia, and a Japanese sword. As a result, they detained for further investigations a 17-year-old woman who was inside the premises.

Customs officers will later charge the man with trafficking in and possession of dangerous drugs. The seized weapons have been handed over to the Police for further investigations, while the woman has been bailed out.

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department said today (February 21) the Department believed that the seized dangerous drugs were intended for supply to entertainment venues in the New Territories and Kowloon.

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

Ends/Monday, February 21, 2005

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