$10m Shenzhen 'ice' haul linked to HK

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 12:00am

Officers in Shenzhen believe they have smashed a racket based in Hong Kong that smuggles 'ice' from the mainland to the Philippines, after seizing $10 million worth of the drug.

Two Hong Kong residents were arrested in Shangshan village, Baoan district, by Shenzhen anti-drug agents, who intercepted a 163kg shipment of ice found in secret compartments of a truck container.

Shenzhen police said that on May 5, officers acting on a tip-off trailed two suspects to an abandoned pig farm in Shangshan, where it is alleged they were building secret compartments.

Agents arrested the two on May 10 after they loaded drugs into the container, according to the police.

Investigations showed the two were hired by another SAR resident, who uses an export company as a front to smuggle ice from Shekou to the Philippines via Hong Kong, police said.

Officers estimated the wholesale price for each kilogram was 50,000 yuan to 60,000 yuan (HK$47,000 to HK$56,400).

On Monday, a mainland official said the spread of amphetamine-based drugs such as ice throughout China and Southeast Asia was undermining the region's battle against the narcotics trade.

The warning was sounded at a meeting in Beijing where senior officials from China, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as the United Nations, discussed co-operation in tackling the drug problem.

Guangdong Customs officials this month launched an anti-drug campaign in which they vowed to increase inspections. Authorities have also promised to reward people whose reports lead police to drug manufacturers and traffickers or result in the seizure of 1kg of heroin, ice or cocaine.