Drug-bust boy saved by consulate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 September, 2011, 12:00am


The Mexican consulate has come to the rescue of a two-year-old boy whose parents were arrested on Friday in connection with the city's largest cocaine seizure.

The boy was taken to the Po Leung Kuk orphanage in Causeway Bay as police discussed his highly unusual circumstances with the Mexican authorities.

Consul General Alicia Buenrostro Massieu told the Post he would be sent home in the next few days.

She was happy with the professional care the boy was receiving.

'He is in very good health and is eating. He is playing with other boys and girls,' she said after spending time with the boy yesterday.

'He needs to go back to Mexico. We are in close liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and local authorities here to make the repatriation as soon as possible.

'My duty is to get the boy back to Mexico.'

He would be looked after by relatives in his hometown and consulate officials would continue to visit him until he left.

The boy, who arrived in Hong Kong with his parents early this month, was found on Friday when officers from the narcotics bureau arrested the couple and four other people in Fuk Hang Tsuen, Tuen Mun, and seized 50kg of cocaine.

Sniffer dogs later led police to a further 467kg of the drug concealed in heaps of plastic waste in a recycling warehouse in the village.

The boy's parents and four suspects were charged with trafficking dangerous drugs and appeared in Tuen Mun Court on Monday. The case was adjourned to November 14 and all six were remanded in custody.

On Saturday, police arrested another man, 55, and a woman, 49, in Yuen Long. They were granted bail and will report back to police next month. On the same day, officers raided four flats in Cheung Sha Wan, Kwai Chung and Mong Kok. A further 50kg of cocaine was found in the Cheung Sha Wan apartment.

Police said the haul of 567kg of cocaine was estimated to be worth HK$600 million, the largest seizure in the city's history.

Police will liaise with law enforcement agencies in countries including Mexico to follow up the case.