Hong Kong police seize 500 cannabis plants and buds worth HK$11 million at New Territories house

Force doubled its cannabis seizures last year, discovering 255kg in various raids

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2017, 7:02pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2017, 7:08pm

More than 500 cannabis plants and 1.1kg of cannabis buds were confiscated in a police raid on a Yuen Long village house which was suspected to have been used for growing marijuana.

The haul had an estimated street value of HK$11 million, according to police.

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Two suspects – a man and a woman – were detained when officers from the force’s narcotics bureau raided the house off Long Hon Road on Wednesday afternoon.

The area was sealed off as officers continued their investigations.

Police figures show cannabis seizures in the city surged by 96.2 per cent to 255kg last year from 130kg in 2015. Local law enforcers seized 99kg of cannabis in 2014 and 85kg in 2013.

Last year’s seizure of cannabis was the biggest since 2008, when 261kg was seized. In the previous year, officers discovered 569kg of cannabis.

Fighting illegal drugs was one of the police commissioner’s operational priorities this year, according to the force website.