24 held after drug raids on Lantau
Police arrested 25 people and seized 350 grams of ketamine, 20 water pipes and HK$40,000 in cash in several raids early yesterday in Tung Chung and Pui O on Lantau. Most of the arrests were made on Pui O beach where a party was being held and police suspected participants had taken drugs. An officer said those arrested - 18 males and seven females aged 14 to 31 - were being held for claiming to be triad members, criminal intimidation and drug trafficking.
Protest at liaison office over Li Wangyang report
About 40 people attended a rally organised by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China outside the central government's liaison office in Western yesterday. They were protesting against the report released by Hunan authorities last week of the investigation into the death of June 4 dissident Li Wangyang that found he committed suicide. The group said it had invited an Australian expert to look into the report's validity. Meanwhile, executive councillor Cheng Yiu-tong said Hongkongers should not interfere in mainland issues, as this would give the mainland reason to interfere in Hong Kong issues.
38 arrested in crackdown against Kowloon triad
Thirty-eight people were arrested in a crackdown against a drug syndicate active in west Kowloon. Three men were arrested and 400 grams of ketamine were seized in a flat in Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, on Saturday night. Officers also raided upstairs pubs on Hanoi Road and Ashley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, arresting two men and seizing a variety of illegal drugs, including cocaine and Ice. Officers said the five were the principals of the triad. The other 33 arrests and the seizure of HK$60,000 worth of illegal drugs were made during searches at 23 pubs and entertainment venues.