36 arrested in club drug raid after police follow their nose

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 June, 2007, 12:00am

Thirty people were arrested on suspicion of taking drugs after having their nostrils examined at a nightclub in Tsim Sha Tsui early yesterday.

A further six people were arrested for possessing dangerous drugs or drug-trafficking.

The 30 club-goers - 28 men and two women aged between 18 and 32 - were picked out from about 600 people in the club when 80 police with two Health Department doctors raided the Hot nightclub in Salisbury Road at 3am.

'Some of the suspects were found with white powder on their nose and the others appeared to be high,' assistant Yau Tsim district commander (crime) Superintendent Adrian Kwan Kim-fai said.

He said two Health Department doctors had examined the nose cavities of the suspects to collect samples. 'The 30 youths were arrested for consumption of dangerous drug under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance,' he said.

Police seized 117 packs of ketamine, 115 Erimin-5 tranquilliser tablets and 54 Ecstasy tablets. Some of the drugs were found on the floor.

Mr Kwan said the crackdown had targeted both drug traffickers and users, and that the deployment of the two doctors had helped in the collection of evidence against the offenders.

'We hope this will have a deterrent effect on young people,' he said. 'Using drugs is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a HK$1 million fine.'

He warned young people not to take drugs as police would be on the alert during the summer holidays.

Tsim Sha Tsui police said all 36 people would probably be released on bail pending further investigation.

It is the second time in nine days police have worked with the Health Department to crack down on drug use.