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Customs seizes record HK$760m cocaine haul

A joint operation between Hong Kong and US authorities has led to the city's biggest seizure of cocaine.

Saturday, 7 July, 2012, 12:00am

Drug mules bear the brunt of rising cocaine arrests

Cocaine smuggling from South America is on the rise.

Drug cartels are using couriers, or 'mules', trained to carry up to 1.7kg of the drug in their stomachs for flights lasting 20 hours or longer.

In April and May alone, airport customs officers seized 20kg of cocaine with a street value of HK$22 million and arrested 14 suspected mules.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Colombian held over drug-soaked bags

A diligent sniffer dog at the airport has helped the authorities uncover a new tactic used by South American drug smugglers.

Police on Thursday arrested a 46-year-old Colombian man who flew in from Bogota after his travel bag was found to have packages of cotton soaked with a mixture containing 4.5kg of cocaine.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hit middlemen in birth trade hard

The public has grown increasingly frustrated at the seeming impotence of the authorities to stem the tide of mainland mothers overtaxing the city's obstetrics services. Less than a month into the auspicious year of the dragon, maternity services at our private hospitals are booked to October and beyond, as are public hospital quotas for non-local mothers.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Internet addiction 'rots teen brains'

Too much time spent on the internet can damage a teenager's brain as much as taking alcohol or cocaine, researchers found.

Nerve fibres in the brains of teens addicted to the internet were less healthy than normal.

These nerves were in the white matter in the brain and spinal cord that helps the brain to communicate with the rest of the body.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Two Hongkongers sought by police after further drug raids in Manila

Philippine anti-drugs police are searching for two Hongkongers after two Ice factories were found abandoned in the same upmarket community where five Hongkongers were arrested last week.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland car and van shipments make late surge

Mainland car sales ended the year on a relatively strong note, with shipments of new passenger vehicles rising last month to their highest levels since last January's record volumes.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hongkongers held in Ice factory raid

Five Hongkongers, including twins, were arrested in a predawn raid on an Ice factory yesterday inside an upmarket gated complex in suburban Manila.

The men, who had been under surveillance for almost a year, were apparently caught off-guard when agents swooped at 4.30am, with one suspect trying to run away and another jumping into a creek.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Pair get 15 years for smuggling cocaine to HK

A Paraguayan and his Chinese accomplice were jailed for 15 years yesterday for smuggling HK$67 million worth of cocaine from South America to Hong Kong.

The consequences of their actions were 'beyond imagination', Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping said.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Of all addictive drugs, Ice is one of the worst

Crystal meth, or Ice, ranks among the most harmful and addictive controlled drugs available. Its side effects include psychosis, heart attack, uncontrolled scratching of imaginary insects under the skin and severe dental decay.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Car sales slip again in world's top market

Mainland passenger car sales fell last month for the second time this year, according to preliminary figures.

Wholesale shipments of passenger cars from manufacturers to dealers declined 0.3 per cent from a year ago to 1.34 million units, unofficial data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) shows.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

PLA eyes 'Night Eagle' to make army of night owls

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has opened up a new front in the war against sleep.

It has developed a drug that can keep its soldiers awake and active for as long as 72 hours, state television reported yesterday. But its scientists didn't disclose its ingredients.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

567kg drugs bust largest ever for city

Cocaine recovered from a recycling warehouse in Tuen Mun stacks up to the largest seizure of the drug ever in the city - worth some HK$600 million - police said yesterday.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Use of cocaine surges with easier supply

More people are using cocaine in the city because it's cheaper and easier to get hold of, the government's anti-drug advisory body says.

The warning comes after police seized more than 130kg of the drug - one of the largest hauls this year - early yesterday morning and arrested six members of an overseas syndicate.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Pills from the net poison slimmers

A crackdown on slimming aids sold on the internet has been launched after 62 cases of poisoning in Hong Kong.

Most of the victims, who were taken ill between September 2009 and May this year, used products containing the banned Western drugs sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am