Customs uncover cannabis-growing operation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 January, 2007, 12:00am

Updated at 5.42pm:
Customs officials have seized a large batch of cannabis plants in the New Territories and smashed a syndicate suspected of cultivating the plant, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Two men, aged 34 and 37, were arrested when customs officers raided a residential unit in Tin Shui Wai and a hut in Pat Heung on Wednesday, the spokesman said. Inside the units, they discovered 383 pots of cannabis plants, 10 kilograms of herbal cannabis and 3kg of party drug ketamine.

The haul had a street value of HK$6 million.

?Customs officers estimated that the cannabis plants could produce 10kg of cannabis buds,? the spokesman said.

He added that Customs believed the drugs were intended for distribution in entertainment venues in West Kowloon.