Medicine

Two jailed over pig farm drug plant

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

Two men were jailed for 16 years yesterday for trafficking a drug the judge described as sometimes being more dangerous to society than heroin.


Lau Tak-fai, 34, and Chan Sek-hin, 24, pleaded not guilty in the Court of First Instance to producing Ice, but guilty to trafficking the drug.


Police arrested the two in February 2005 after a raid on a pig farm that had been converted into a plant to make drugs.


Chan also pleaded guilty to separate counts of possessing cannabis and trafficking in it.


A search of the former pig farm near Tuen Mun turned up 2,636.91 grams of pure Ice, as well as a variety of drug manufacturing paraphernalia and a small amount of herbal cannabis.


'Ice ... is an exceedingly harmful drug,' Mr Justice Alan Wright said. 'It is a drug the courts regard as having a particularly deleterious effect on users and therefore on society.


'In some respects it may be regarded as having effects even more dangerous than heroin.'


In exchange for the guilty pleas on the trafficking counts, the prosecution agreed the more serious manufacturing charge would not be pursued, but would remain on the court file.


In handing down the sentences, Mr Justice Wright said that, aside from receiving a one-third discount from a possible 24-year sentence for their guilty pleas on the trafficking charge, the two could expect no more mercy from the court despite pleas from their families.