Cocaine worth HK$5m seized and three Hongkongers arrested in raid on New Territories flat

In separate haul Tuesday, officers confiscate HK$84,000 worth of drugs at pub

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 4:04pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 4:04pm

Illegal drugs estimated to be worth HK$5 million were confiscated during the arrest of three Hongkongers as police raided a flat in Fanling on Tuesday.

The trio comprised a couple and her elder brother, police said, and one of the three was believed to be a triad member. They were arrested for drug trafficking.

The raid was carried out by anti-triad officers and the flat at Fan Leng Lau Tsuen was believed to have been used as a drug packaging and distribution centre, according to senior inspector Au Yeung Tak of Kowloon East police region.

The village is a short distance away from the Customs and Excise Department’s control point command headquarters and the police driving school.

Police said one of the men, aged 22, was picked up outside the flat while his wife, also 22, and his brother-in-law, 24, were nabbed inside at about 9am Tuesday.

“Inside the flat, about 1.5kg of crack cocaine was seized along with another 2kg of cocaine. The haul had an estimated street value of more than HK$5 million,” Au said.

The haul had an estimated street value of more than HK$5 million
Au Yeung Tak, police inspector

He said the seizure included an electronic weighing scale and packaging equipment such as empty plastic bags.

All three suspects were being held for questioning and had not been charged.

Separately, police arrested a suspected triad member, 19, and seized illegal drugs estimated to be worth HK$84,000 through a raid on a pub on Hanoi Road in Tsim Sha Tsui at about 1.30am Tuesday. The haul included 135g of suspected ketamine and 30g of cocaine found along with a knuckle-duster and packaging equipment.

In the first 10 months of last year, cocaine seizures in the city by police and customs officers surged year-on-year by 108 per cent to 536kg. There were 341kg of cocaine in 2015 and 130kg in 2014.

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Between November 23 and December 16 last year, customs officers at the Hong Kong International Airport nabbed four travellers – three men and one woman – in four separate cases that combined totalled nearly 20kg of suspected cocaine worth an estimated HK$22.5 million. All four suspects arrived from Brazil via Ethiopia.

On November 20, customs officers arrested a 25-year-old man in Tai Po and seized 8kg of suspected cocaine estimated to be worth HK$9 million.