Police ambush drugs suspects

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 March, 1995, 12:00am

POLICE believe they have smashed a triad-linked syndicate supplying young people with soft drugs after the seizure of 5,000 tranquillisers with a street value of $140,000 in Sha Tin.

Two alleged Wo Hop To members - one believed to be the syndicate's mastermind - were arrested in an ambush by 20 officers at a restaurant in Sha Tin New Town Plaza.

Senior Inspector Fong Kwok-wah of the district's anti-triad squad said the group had been active in Tsuen Wan and was planning to set up a new market in Sha Tin.

'The syndicate did not directly sell drugs to young people. They used to offer it to middlemen who sold the drugs to students and teenagers,' he said.

Sergeant Chan Kim-man said teenagers in games centres and billiard rooms were targeted and each pill cost about $28.

Police believe the drugs came from a pharmacy run by a 40-year-old man.

'We are now trying to locate the pharmacy and the remaining members of the syndicate. We are confident further arrests will be made soon,' Mr Fong said.

The two suspects, both aged 34, are likely to be charged today.