Three suspected traffickers have been arrested and illegal drugs with a total estimated street value of HK$2.73 million have been seized in separate operations in Tai Po and Tuen Mun, police say.
In the Tai Po case, police found methamphetamine, also known as Ice, concealed in a stuffed toy and a tea bag, according to a police officer.
The officer said that the syndicate recruited women as couriers and used a luxury car to deliver the drugs, which would be less likely to draw suspicion.
Officers from the Kowloon West special duty squad intercepted two women, aged 30 and 34, when they left a block of flats in Wai Yi Street, Tai Po, on Thursday night and got into a Mercedes-Benz at about 10pm.
In one of the bags they were carrying, officers seized the stuffed toy and a tea bag that concealed about 600 grams of meth. Another 600 grams of meth and packaging equipment were found in the pair’s rented accommodation. The haul has an estimated street value of HK$830,000.
The two women are being held for questioning and have not been charged.
Separately, officers from the Narcotics Bureau arrested a 34-year-old South Asian man and seized 1.6 kilograms of cocaine in a plastic bag he was carrying in Tuen Mun. The man was intercepted in Castle Peak Road near Golden Coast at about 9pm on Thursday.
Officers escorted the man back to his hotel room in Yau Ma Tei, where another 360 grams of cocaine was seized.
A police spokesman said the haul had an estimated street value of HK$1.9 million. The suspect is still being held for questioning.
Police figures show 174kg of meth was seized in the city last year, a 138 per cent rise from 73kg in 2012.