High score: Hong Kong police seize HK$12 million worth of cannabis buds, weighing 56.5kg, in Tsim Sha Tsui
Consignment found in Carnavon Road office block is largest seized in recent years
Hong Kong police made their biggest seizure of cannabis buds in recent years when they raided a commercial unit in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday afternoon.
Officers from the force’s Narcotics Bureau confiscated 56.5kg of cannabis buds with an estimated street value of more than HK$12 million and arrested a suspected drug trafficker during the operation.
As of lunchtime on Friday, the Hong Kong man, 28, was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.
The suspect was intercepted in an office block on Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui at about 3pm on Thursday. Officers seized 1kg of cannabis buds in a bag he was carrying.
In a follow-up raid on one of the flats in the building, officers seized 49 bags of cannabis buds weighing 55.5kg.
“The haul has an estimated street value of HK$12.37 million,” a police spokesman said.
A police source said investigation showed the consignment had been delivered to the unit over a short period, and the flat was probably being used as temporary storage for the drugs.
“We believe part of the consignment was for local consumption,” he said.
He added that officers were still investigating the source of the drug and how it was smuggled into Hong Kong. It is understood that cannabis buds seized in the past came mostly from North America and Asia.
The source said the consignment was the biggest seized in recent years.
Police said the investigation was ongoing.
Figures show 100kg of cannabis was seized in the first seven months of this year, a 12.4 per cent rise compared with 89kg in the same period last year.