Three held, suspected narcotics worth over HK$1.1 million seized in Hong Kong police swoop on illegal drugs

Clifford Lo
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Police arrested three Hongkongers and confiscated more than HK$1.1 million (US$141,000) worth of suspected illegal drugs while raiding a hotel room in the city on Tuesday.

After receiving intelligence, officers from the special duties squad of Yau Tsim police district laid an ambush outside a hotel on Tai Kok Tsui Road in Mong Kok around midday on Tuesday.

At about 1pm, police intercepted a 40-year-old man who was found acting suspiciously in the area and seized 3.4 grams of suspected crack cocaine from him.

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In a follow-up raid on one of the rooms in the hotel, “officers seized about 1.3kg of suspected Ice [also known as crystal meth] along with 260 grams of suspected heroin and 24 grams of suspected crack cocaine,” police said in their statement.

“The seized illegal drugs have a street value of about HK$1.14 million in total.”

Police arrested three Hongkongers and confiscated more than HK$1.1 million worth of drugs on Tuesday. Photo: Handout
Police arrested three Hongkongers and confiscated more than HK$1.1 million worth of drugs on Tuesday. Photo: Handout

Inside the hotel room, officers also apprehended another man aged 34 and a 32-year-old woman.

The three 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. Police also arrested the 40-year-old man for possession of illegal drugs.

As of Wednesday morning, the three were still in police custody.

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Seizure of crystal meth in Hong Kong rose by nearly 820 per cent to 1,499kg in 2020 from 163kg in 2019. Local authorities also seized 368kg of heroin last year, a 683 per cent rise from 47kg the previous year.

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