Addicted to heroin at 14, counsellor knows the pain

At 33, Dennis Cheng Ming-fai has already lived two lives.

Saturday, 25 June, 2011, 12:00am

Travellers arrested at Macau airport on drug charges

Two women who flew in from Malaysia were arrested at Macau airport on suspicion of trafficking drugs they had swallowed. According to Macau media, the two women were sisters. They allegedly swallowed a total of 645 grams of heroin that had been encapsulated in 80 pills. The drugs had a market value of about HK$600,000. The pair arrived from Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Heroin haul seized at airport

Customs officers seized a haul of heroin hidden in a wooden express cargo container at the airport, the first time such a drug-smuggling method has been discovered. The 620 gram haul, with a retail value of HK$400,000, came from Nepal via Singapore and reached Hong Kong on Wednesday. It was bound for Guangzhou.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Inmate found with heroin tablets

Six tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic were passed by an inmate at the Tai Lam Centre for Women on Friday. The 33-year-old woman, charged with possessing dangerous drugs, was suspected of swallowing the drugs before being taken to the centre last Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Correctional Services Department said the incident had been reported to police.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

94 grams of heroin in woman's body

A Filipino woman was sent by ambulance from Hospital Conde S Januario to the Macau prosecutions office yesterday to face possible drug-trafficking charges. She had been rushed to hospital unconscious on September 4 and did not regain consciousness until Friday. Doctors allegedly found nine packets inside her body containing a total of 94 grams of heroin.

15 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Mix of cocaine, heroin and alcohol killed businessman, autopsy shows

A mix of hard drugs and alcohol killed one of two American businessmen found dead in a Grand Hyatt Hotel room last October, according to an autopsy report submitted to the inquest into their deaths yesterday.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK$10.6m in heroin seized at airport

Nearly 18kg of high-grade heroin, with a street value of HK$10.6 million, has been seized at Chek Lap Kok airport and eight people charged with drug trafficking in the past few weeks.

The eight suspects include two Filipino women and six African men. Customs officers believe at least two international drug-trafficking syndicates are behind the haul.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Rise in babies born with drug addiction

Health care workers have spoken of their frustration and distress at struggling to detoxify a growing number of drug-addicted newborn babies in Hong Kong.

Their heartbreak is compounded when they also must watch increasing numbers of drug-abusing mothers hand over their babies to foster homes or the Social Welfare Department.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

African drug mules jailed up to 17 years

Nine Africans were sentenced to jail terms of up to almost 17 years yesterday for smuggling more than 9,000 grams of heroin into Hong Kong in their bodies.

The Court of First Instance heard that the eight Tanzanians and one Kenyan were caught at the airport on separate occasions between November 5 and 19.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Repeat offender sent back to jail for dealing in heroin

A man who has spent most of the last 30 years behind bars was on his way back to prison again yesterday after pleading guilty to heroin dealing.

Choi Kam-moon, 55, pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to two counts of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

A second chance

Chan Bik-fung first tried marijuana and got high on cough medicine when he was in Primary Five. By the age of 14, he was hooked on heroin.

Now, he's got a stable job, which he treasures, and says he has once again found meaning in his life.

Chan's drug addiction led to him dropping out of school in Form Two.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

HK a stop on Guangzhou drug route

Most smugglers targeting the mainland, customs finds

Most drugs that come into Hong Kong are destined for Guangzhou as there is an established distribution network in the mainland city, the head of customs' drug investigation bureau said.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Prison guard gets 6 years' jail for drug smuggling

A prison officer was yesterday sentenced to six years' imprisonment for smuggling heroin and cocaine into jail in return for HK$50,000.

The defendant, Yau Chun-hung, 34, was an assistant officer in the Correctional Services Department. He had earlier been found guilty of one count of conspiracy to traffic in dangerous drugs.

8 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Trafficker denies aiding prosecutor to get cut in sentence

A confessed drug trafficker decided to give evidence against his alleged supplier because he felt that people should take responsibility for their actions, a court was told yesterday.

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Liberian pleads not guilty to smuggling heroin

Updated at 6.36pm: A Liberian man pleaded not guilty to smuggling high-grade heroin - which was allegedly destined for the mainland and being transported through Hong Kong.

Henry William Jackson was charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am