Man carrying HK$14 million of heroin arrested in Hong Kong drug bust

Senior inspector hailed one of biggest seizures of heroin in recent years as bags of contraband weighing 18.7kg found hidden in car boot under cases of herbal cream and another 700g found in suspect’s shoulder bag

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 August, 2017, 12:36pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 August, 2017, 8:07pm

A driver was arrested with heroin worth an estimated street value of HK$14 million in the boot of his car after Hong Kong police intercepted the vehicle in a drug bust on Sunday.

Bags of the contraband were found in four boxes hidden under cases of herbal cream, Senior Inspector Lam Pak-kiu of the Narcotics Bureau said on Monday.

“We believe the consignment was for local consumption. Police are still investigating the source of the drugs,” he said.

The driver, a 38-year-old Hong Kong man, was arrested for drug trafficking. As of Monday morning, he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

The suspect was picked up after police intercepted his car at a bus terminal outside On Yam Estate on On Chuk Street, Kwai Chung at about 8am on Sunday.

Lam said that more than 700 grams of heroin was found in a shoulder bag the suspect was carrying at the time, while another 18.7kg of heroin was found in the four boxes in the boot of the vehicle. The senior inspector said it was one of the biggest seizures of heroin in recent years.

Police figures show 7kg of heroin was seized across the city in the first half of this year. Local authorities seized 83kg of heroin in the whole of last year, more than triple the 27kg recorded in 2015.