200kg haul of ketamine

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2006, 12:00am

A record haul of 200kg of ketamine with a street value of $60 million has been seized during a police raid on a flat in Cheung Sha Wan.

It is the largest seizure since the party drug became popular in the city eight years ago. Narcotics Bureau head, acting Chief Superintendent John Ribeiro, said the haul came from an Asian country and was smuggled into Hong Kong recently.

Last night a 47-year-old unemployed man was charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs. He was arrested on Tuesday as he left his Castle Peak Road apartment.

The man will appear in Kowloon City Court today.

Law enforcers seized 409kg of ketamine last year, eight times the 46kg found in 2004. The previous record haul for the drug was a 151kg stash found last month.

Ketamine is produced in Asian countries such as India where the drug is not illegal. It was mainly imported from the mainland before authorities there closed a number of underground manufacturing plants.