Police raids net two suspected masterminds of cannabis distribution ring

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2007, 12:00am

Police believe they have smashed a major cannabis distributor after officers arrested two suspects and seized about 49kg of cannabis buds worth HK$6.86 million yesterday.

The operation, which came after a month-long investigation, saw more than 50 officers descend on two drug premises in Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long shortly before 4pm.

Chief Inspector Antony Wong Yiu-wing, of the narcotics bureau, said one team of officers went to Shek Lin House, on the Shek Wai Kok Estate, to track down the first suspect, surnamed Wong, 49, in his home.

They ambushed him in a multi-storey car park on the estate. The man tried to escape and there was a brief chase. He made it to a nearby pedestrian bridge where he threw away a bag.

During the arrest, Wong and an officer were slightly injured.

The suspect was led back to his vehicle in the car park. Inside, police found 26kg of cannabis buds worth HK$3.64 million wrapped in vacuumed tea bags.

Meanwhile, another team of officers raided a village house in Nam Pin Wai, Yuen Long. The second suspect, surnamed Leung, 56, was walking out of the house with a large nylon bag when police intercepted him.

A total of 23kg of cannabis buds worth HK$3.22 million was found in the bag and inside the house. Chief Inspector Wong said both suspects were local men but their supply probably came from the mainland.

Vacuum-packaging equipment was found inside the village house.

'We have smashed a major city-wide distributor. Both suspects are believed to be the masterminds behind the operation,' Chief Inspector Wong said.

'The drug was intended for small distributors to resell in entertainment premises across the city.'

He said the suspects were on the alert, so officers had to take their time before making a move.

Chief Inspector Wong said the buds were more expensive than ordinary cannabis and more potent. One gram can sell for HK$130.

'The Yuen Long house is a distribution centre,' he said, adding that packaging cannabis in tea bags was a common method of smuggling drugs.

Police said the investigation was continuing and they would not rule out the possibility of more arrests.