LAW ENFORCEMENT

Yuen Long crackdown on triads leads to 93 arrests

Sweep on Wo Shing Wo and 14K gangs also uncovers illegal pub housed in old factory

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2012, 4:10am

Ninety-three people have been rounded up in a crackdown on two triad factions during which an unlicensed pub in a Yuen Long factory was busted.

More than half of those arrested in raids in Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai over the past two days are suspected members of the Wo Shing Wo or 14K gangs. Last night, police were still hunting 15 or 16 others, including the two triad leaders.

The 67 men and 26 women were held after a three-month investigation which involved three undercover police officers seeking to buy illegal drugs from the gangs. Sixty-four of those arrested, including seven teenagers, were picked up in a factory unit that had been turned into an unlicensed pub in Wang Yip Street East. The Wo Shing Wo triad had been running the place for more than three months.

"Members of the triad used to gather in a licensed pub in Yuen Long, but our recent raids led them to move into a factory building," a police source said. "Illegal drugs were available in the unlicensed pub and people also took illegal drugs there."

Liquor worth HK$25,000 was seized from the pub, which is understood to have served only the gang's henchmen and regular customers. Outside, police found six meat cleavers concealed along a public corridor.

Chief Inspector So Chun-kwong, of the Yuen Long district crime squad, said this was the first time in recent years that an unlicensed pub had been discovered in a factory in the area.

He said the suspects were arrested for various offences, including drug trafficking, illegal gambling, managing an unlicensed pub and claiming to be triad members. So said the police would continue to crack down gang-related activities.