Hong Kong police arrested a taxi driver and his passenger on suspicion of drug trafficking at a roadblock after discovering HK$2.5 million (US$318,550) worth of crystal meth in the vehicle in the early hours of Friday. The cab was stopped for inspection at the roadblock on Sai Yee Street, near the junction with Bute Street in Mong Kok at about 1am. In the vehicle, officers found 4.3kg (9.5lbs) of suspected crystal meth, also known as Ice, a strong and highly addictive drug, in a bag. The seized narcotic had an estimated street value of HK$2.5 million. Billion-dollar meth seizure biggest drugs bust in Hong Kong history A sniffer dog was deployed to search the taxi, but no further drug seizure was made. The taxi driver, 55, and his passenger, a 22-year-old man, were detained on suspicion of trafficking in a dangerous drug – an offence punishable by up to life in prison and a HK$5 million fine. Detectives from the Mong Kok criminal investigation unit are following up on the case. Police stressed the force had “zero tolerance” for all drug activities and would continue stringent enforcement. Hong Kong customs hunt for drug syndicate behind record meth haul Between January and September this year, authorities seized 1,189kg (2,621lbs) of crystal meth, down 14.6 per cent from 1,392kg (3,068lbs) in the same period last year. Last month, customs officers confiscated a HK$1.1 billion haul of liquid meth disguised as cartons of coconut water. It is Hong Kong’s biggest seizure of drugs by value and the second-largest by weight. In 1996, customs officers seized 7.2 tonnes of cannabis. In the first nine months of this year, seizures of the five major illegal drugs in the city – cocaine, cannabis, crystal meth, heroin and ketamine – dropped by 58.5 per cent to 4.4 tonnes from nearly seven tonnes logged in the same period last year.