Police arrested three men on Friday and confiscated more than HK$1.5 million (US$193,000) worth of suspected illegal drugs along with HK$140,000 in cash during a raid on a Hong Kong public housing flat.
Officers raided the flat at Leung King Estate in Tuen Mun in the early hours of Friday after receiving a tip-off.
They seized “555 grams of suspected drug Ice [crystal meth], 638 grams of suspected heroin, along with 22 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 36 grams of suspected cannabis”, police said in a statement. “The illegal drugs have a street value of HK$1.58 million.”
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Some packaging equipment and about HK$140,000 in cash were also seized.
Three local men, aged 40 to 46, were apprehended inside the flat. They 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. One of them was also arrested for assaulting a police officer.
As of 1pm, they were still being held for questioning and had not been charged.
Officers from the Mong Kok special duties squad are handling the case.
Seizure of crystal meth in Hong Kong rose by nearly 820 per cent to 1,499kg last year from 163kg in 2019. Local authorities also seized 368kg of heroin last year, a 683 per cent rise from 47kg the previous year.
Separately, police arrested two schoolboys, aged 15 and 16, and a 22-year-old man on suspicion of trafficking in a dangerous drug after seizing about HK$40,000 worth of suspected cocaine in a Tsuen Wan hotel room on Thursday.
The 16-year-old boy failed to produce his identity card when he was intercepted during a stop and search by police on Wo Tik Street in Tsuen Wan at about 2.30am on Thursday. A hotel room key was found on him.
He was brought to the room in a nearby hotel and officers found the suspected cocaine on a table and on the floor. The other boy was arrested in the room.
After a follow-up investigation, police arrested the 22-year-old man in Tsuen Wan at around 4.30pm on the same day. The hotel room was booked under his name, according to police.
As of Friday afternoon, the three suspects were being held for questioning and had not been charged.
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