Hong Kong police officer smashes car window, arrests driver during anti-narcotics operation in Pok Fu Lam

Clifford Lo

A police constable used a baton to smash the window of a car and arrest its driver, who refused to leave the vehicle after being intercepted during an anti-narcotics operation in a Hong Kong public housing estate on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old man was spotted driving his white Toyota around Wah Fu Estate in Pok Fu Lam and circling two of the housing blocks under surveillance by officers from the Western special duty squad at about 12.30am.

When the car pulled over outside Wah On House minutes later, officers approached and asked him to get out.

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After the driver refused to comply, a police constable pulled out his baton and warned him verbally.

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“When the man ignored the warnings and tried to flee, the officer used his baton to smash the car window and subdue the suspect,” a police source said.

No illegal drugs were found in the car, but a plastic bag carrying six grams of suspected ketamine was lying on the ground near the vehicle. There were no passengers.

The man, a warehouse worker, was arrested on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs. As of midday, he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

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In a separate operation, police arrested a suspected drug trafficker and seized HK$250,000 (US$32,000) worth of illegal drugs along with packaging equipment in Cheung Sha Wan on Monday.

Officers intercepted the man, 25, at the lift lobby of a residential block on Lai Chi Kok Road around 1pm. About 300 grams of suspected ketamine was found on him.

In a follow-up raid on his flat in the same building, officers seized 37 grams of suspected crack cocaine along with some packaging equipment.

The man was arrested for trafficking in a dangerous drug – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of up to HK$5 million.

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