56 arrested in anti-triad raids on Christmas Eve

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 December, 2012, 5:53pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Police have arrested 56 suspected triad members in several raids, including two at upstairs bars, on the night of Christmas Eve.

The arrests were made at midnight on Monday at two pubs in Tsim Sha Tsui after police received information from an undercover operation. In all, 22 men and 10 women were arrested. A small dose of drugs was seized as well.

Acting Senior Superintendent Au Chin-chau said: “They organised festive parties to conceal the meetings among triad members at two entertainment establishments in Kowloon.”

The youngest suspect arrested was 17 years old, he said.

After the Tsim Sha Tsui operation, police also searched several other locations and arrested 24 people.

Au believed they had busted several branches of triad gangs. Triad members sold drugs around the clock by using private cars to deliver them to entertainment establishments, said police in a preliminary investigation.

Meanwhile, police said they also uncovered a triad gang’s armoury on the rooftop of a building in Kowloon. They seized 16 metal pipes and five beef knives and other weapons allegedly used in triad campaigns to expand power in the district, Au said.