A BUS driver wept in the High Court yesterday as a judge heard how he had been caught with heroin worth almost $15 million. Ip Hon-chun, 47, who is married with three children, turned to crime when his family was threatened by loansharks. The public light bus driver, who admitted two charges of trafficking, was sentenced to 16 years in jail and the prospect of his family going their separate ways before he gets out. In his defence John McNamara said: 'He now realises how stupid it was. It has broken up his family. By the time he is released his elder children are going to be away doing their own thing. 'Until now he has led a blameless existence. He is a good family man.' Ip was arrested in the early hours of April 14 as he let himself into a flat in Serenity Garden, Tai Po. Prosecutor Graham Goodman said two slabs of drugs were found wrapped in gift paper in a bag carried by Ip. Another slab was seized from a waistband he was wearing. A search of the flat revealed 37 blocks and 12 bags of heroin. Mr Justice Burrell said the quantity of drugs involved was vast and the appropriate sentence was 25 years' imprisonment. It was reduced to 16 years because of the mitigating factors. Mr McNamara described the case as 'particularly sad'. Gambling led to Ip's downfall. He ran up debts, turned to loansharks, and then could not repay what he owed because of escalating interest. 'The loansharks got to the stage of threatening to harm this man's family unless the money was repaid,' Mr McNamara said. The money-lenders then suggested to Ip that he take part in drug trafficking in order to pay back the debt.