Hong Kong police arrest four, seize HK$1.7 million in cannabis as they put brakes on car-bound delivery service

Clifford Lo
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Police have arrested four Hongkongers and seized more than HK$1.7 million (US$219,000) worth of cannabis in a crackdown on a drug-trafficking syndicate that employed a fleet of cars to deliver marijuana across the city.

Seven vehicles allegedly used for that purpose were also impounded in the operation, which was mounted in Tin Shui Wai and Sha Tin on Monday afternoon.

Chief Inspector Tsui Ka-wing of the New Territories North regional crime unit said intelligence indicated drug traffickers were taking advantage of coronavirus regulations barring the operation of pubs and party rooms and altered their tactics to meet the demand.

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“They set up a fleet of vehicles to deliver drugs to extend their network,” she said, adding the gang also provided free drug paraphernalia such rolling papers and filters to attract customers.

Hong Kong police said the drug-trafficking syndicate had boosted business by offering free rolling papers and filters to customers. Photo: Warton Li
Hong Kong police said the drug-trafficking syndicate had boosted business by offering free rolling papers and filters to customers. Photo: Warton Li

Senior Inspector Cheng Hiu-yee said the syndicate had used a shell company to buy the cars in an effort to avoid detection.

“They used these vehicles one by one to deliver and store drugs in an attempt to evade law enforcers’ investigation and detection,” she said.

After an in-depth investigation, officers arrested two men and a woman and seized 7.8kg of cannabis from five vehicles in an outdoor car park in Tin Shui Wai on Monday afternoon.

On the same day, police arrested another man and seized 430 grams of cannabis in Sha Tin.

Cheng said a total of 8.2kg of cannabis was seized in the operation and the haul had an estimated street value of more than HK$1.7 million.

Police said they were still investigating the source of the drugs and how long the gang had been in operation.

The four suspects, aged between 36 and 52, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking in a dangerous drug – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

The most recent Hong Kong figures show local authorities seized 1,071kg of cannabis in 2020, a 186 per cent rise from 374kg in 2019.

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