Hong Kong subdivided flat converted into HK$5.6 million stash house for storing and preparing heroin, cannabis

Clifford Lo
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A Hong Kong subdivided flat used for storing and packaging drugs has been found stashed with HK$5.6 million (US$722,100) worth of heroin and cannabis, during a customs operation leading to the arrest of a suspected dealer.

A 33-year-old man accused of working as a courier and delivering the drugs door-to-door in Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei was caught in Tuesday’s bust.

The seized haul – 6kg of cannabis buds and 3.5kg of heroin – was believed to have been bound for non-Chinese drug users in the Kowloon West region, the Post was told.

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Early indications were that the syndicate was run by a South Asian gang and the drugs were being sold to members of that community.

“Initial investigation showed the suspect allegedly made 10 to 20 deliveries a day,” a law enforcement source said, adding some of the transactions took place on the streets.

The suspect, an Indian national, was found with a recognisance form, a temporary identification document issued by the Immigration Department that permits the holder to remain in the city.

After a week-long investigation, the man was arrested on Luen Yan Street in Tsuen Wan, soon after 7pm on Tuesday.

Senior Inspector Ho Ming-wai, of customs’ drug investigation bureau, said about 1kg of cannabis buds were found in a plastic bag the suspect was carrying.

The man was escorted to his subdivided flat in the area, where officers seized more drugs and uncovered a packaging centre.

Ho said the cannabis and heroin had an estimated street value of HK$5.6 million.

Describing the flat as a “supermarket”, the source said it had been used for several weeks to store the drugs and prepare them for sale.

Customs officers are investigating the source of the drugs and trying to track down the mastermind behind the syndicate.

The raid was one of the two anti-narcotics operations mounted by customs officers on Tuesday.

That afternoon, a suspected triad member, 22, wanted in connection with a case involving the discovery last year of an air parcel containing illegal drugs, was intercepted by customs officers in Western district.

Large knives were also found in the customs swoops. Photo: Handout
Large knives were also found in the customs swoops. Photo: Handout

In a follow-up raid of his public housing flat in Sha Tin, officers seized HK$2.7 million worth of illegal drugs and five knives, along with HK$60,000 in cash and packaging equipment. The drugs included 1.7kg of liquid cocaine.

The source believed the liquid cocaine would be turned into powder in the flat before being distributed to underground markets.

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Both suspects from the two operations were arrested over trafficking in a dangerous drug, an offence carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

As of midday on Wednesday, the two men were still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

Ho said customs officers would continue to gather intelligence and take enforcement action against drug trafficking.

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