Nearly 43kg of crystal meth concealed in the hollow centres of scores of concrete slabs were among more than HK$57 million (US$7.4 million) worth of illegal drugs seized in two anti-narcotic operations in a span of six hours, Hong Kong police said on Thursday. The crystal meth, also known as Ice, was found when officers raided a warehouse at Kwu Tung in Sheung Shui shortly before 7pm on Wednesday. Inside the premises, police arrested a 32-year-old Pakistani national who held a recognisance form, a temporary identification document issued by the Immigration Department that permits the holder to remain in the city. “Officers had to break open more than 100 slabs to find more than 42kg of the drug Ice that were concealed in the hollow centres,” a police source said, estimating the haul’s street value to be HK$25.8 million. Hong Kong cosmetics influencer targeted in HK$3.6 million robbery He said officers from the Kowloon West police region were investigating where the consignment came from and how the drug had been concealed in the slabs. The investigation was still ongoing, he added. About five hours earlier,officers from the Narcotics Bureau arrested three Hongkongers and seized more than HK$31 million worth of suspected cocaine hidden in the boot of a car. The seizure was made after officers laid in wait at an outdoor car park on Tsing Hung Road in Tsing Yi during lunchtime on Wednesday after receiving intelligence. Senior Inspector Chan Chi-wa of the Narcotics Bureau said two men and one woman were spotted approaching one of the parked vehicles around 1.30pm. Police swooped in and intercepted the trio after the two men opened the boot of the car. Managers of Hong Kong company held over alleged HK$12 billion accounting fraud “Inside the boot, officers seized 18kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of HK$31.8 million,” Chan said, adding that he believed the haul was destined for local consumption. Police arrested the two men, aged 35 and 45, and the woman, 29, on suspicion of drug trafficking. Officers also seized HK$600,000 in cash in the operation. As of midday on Thursday, the three suspects were still being held for questioning. The senior inspector said the two men were likely to be charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine. ‘Shanghai Boy’ returned to Hong Kong ‘after contracting Covid-19 abroad’ Between January and August this year, local authorities seized 773kg of crystal meth, up 688 per cent from 98kg in the same period last year. Last month, Hong Kong customs officers seized a record haul of the drug, finding nearly HK$300 million worth hidden in a shipping container on its way from Mexico to Australia. The 501kg haul was concealed in 251 bags of cement inside the container, which had arrived in the city on October 26. Seizures of cocaine dropped by 29.6 per cent, to 762kg, in the first eight months of this year, down from 1,083kg in the same period last year.