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Crime in Hong Kong

Gang police in New Year’s Eve raids on triad bars in busy Hong Kong shopping district arrest 19, and seize weapons and drugs

  • Operation part of crack down over festive period that has netted HK$440,000 worth of drugs
  • Latest raids also found knives and shields in two bars in Tsim Sha Tsui
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 6:04pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 10:46pm

Hong Kong police arrested 19 people, seized weapons, and found drugs worth about HK$190,000 in New Year’s Eve raids targeting organised crime in the city’s busy shopping district.

Monday night’s operation was part of the force’s crackdown on illegal activities over the festive period, and brought the total number of arrests to 31.

In all, officers have seized about HK$440,000 (US$56,000) worth of drugs during the past three weeks.

The late-night raids centred on two bars, on Kimberley Road, and Hillwood Road, in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Police arrested 17 men and two women, aged between 18 and 43, and seized about 22 grams of ketamine, 43 grams of methamphetamine, and 72 grams of crack cocaine.

Officers also found two machetes, four shields, two beef knives and two extended batons.

“According to our intelligence, the above venues were controlled by those with a triad background,” a police spokesman said. “They hide the weapons here for defence or to use them for fights.”

Officers have been cracking down hard on illegal activities at entertainment places for teenagers and unlicensed bars in Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui over recent weeks.

Police have inspected seven bars, and found three to be unlicensed, leading to the arrest of 26 men and five women, aged between 18 and 72 for various offences including drug possession and trafficking, having offensive weapons, and selling liquor without a licence.