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Crime in Hong Kong

More than HK$1 million worth of crystal meth and cocaine seized in two Hong Kong drug raids

Contraband found included 50 pieces of Ice shaped like chocolate eggs, which had been swallowed before being brought into city

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 2:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 3:46pm

Customs officers seized of about 50 pieces of crystal meth – shaped like chocolate eggs and believed to have been swallowed then brought into Hong Kong – on Tuesday, in two separate raids with a total haul of more than HK$1 million (US$127,000) worth of illegal drugs.

The 1kg of methamphetamine, believed to have arrived in the city from West Africa, had been swallowed then expelled, and was found inside a metal can intended for storing dessert, a law enforcement source said.

The “eggs” worth an estimated HK$540,000 were confiscated after officers intercepted a 29-year-old Hong Kong man at the junction of Tong Mi Road and Prince Edward Road West in Mong Kok at about 9pm on Tuesday.

The can was found inside a bag the suspect was carrying, according to the Customs and Excise Department.

“The pieces of the drug Ice were oval in shape, resembling a chocolate egg,” the source said.

The pieces of the drug Ice were shaped like an oval, resembling a chocolate egg
Law enforcement source

It is rare in the city for the drug Ice to be smuggled into the city from abroad using this method, though couriers, mostly from Africa, have been known to conceal pellets of cocaine by swallowing them.

The Post reported last month that a massive crackdown on crystal meth factories in neighbouring Guangdong province had forced local drug dealers to find new suppliers across Asia and Africa.

The source said an initial investigation showed the Ice was intended to be taken to a nearby subdivided flat that was being used as a drug packaging centre. Inside the flat, officers found equipment such as an electronic scale.

“We believe the centre was just set up as the subdivided flat had been leased for only two weeks,” he said.

Customs officers were still trying to track down the supplier, the source added.

The haul came from one of two operations mounted by customs officers within a five-hour period on Tuesday.

In Sheung Shui, officers intercepted another Hong Kong man, 30, on Tin Ping Road when he left a seven-seater car at about 4.30pm. About 400g of cocaine worth an estimated HK$490,000 was found in the vehicle.

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Another source said an investigation showed the car had been used to deliver the drugs in the New Territories. He said the probe was continuing.

As of midday on Wednesday, the two suspects were still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

According to official statistics, local authorities confiscated 216kg of cocaine in the first four months of this year, up 53.2 per cent compared with 141kg in the same period last year. Seizures of crystal meth also rose – by 48.4 per cent to 135kg – in the first four months of this year.