Anti-drug police officers have seized HK$36 million worth of illegal drugs hidden in furniture in Yuen Long and arrested five Hong Kong men on suspicion of drug trafficking.
The haul - one of the biggest seizures this year - comprised 162kg of suspected cannabis buds, 17.4kg of suspected Ice, a methamphetamine, and 10,000 tablets of the drug Ecstasy. The party drugs were stored in vacuum-packed bags and concealed in the hollow centres of sofas inside a shipping container, according to police. Chief Superintendent Peter Else, head of the Narcotics Bureau, said the drugs were probably smuggled into Hong Kong from the mainland and were intended for re-export to an Asian country.
After an intensive investigation into a transnational drug trafficking syndicate, Narcotics Bureau officers made the seizure and arrests on a raid at a warehouse in Kung Um Road, Yuen Long, on Monday.
One of the suspects was still being held for questioning last night. Four other men, aged between 29 and 50, have been released on police bail. No one has been charged.