Hong Kong police seized HK$650 million worth of cocaine and cannabis in the largest amount disclosed this year. South China Morning Post reports. Authorities arrested four men, between the ages of 25 and 32, on suspicion of drug trafficking.
In a three-day operation that concluded last Friday, the Hong Kong Narcotics Bureau seized 592 kilograms of suspected cocaine and 91.2 kilograms of cannabis buds, equivalent to US$82.97 million.
There are dozens of Online listings One of the most unusual places to smuggle drugs is everything from breast implants to sharks. This shipment included a relative of the latter. A lot of the stuff was hidden in boxes of frozen fish to avoid detection, as the scent could help mask the smell of the cannabis buds (it obviously didn’t work).
“The hemp flower buds seized this time were stored among the frozen fish,” Chief Inspector Charm Yu Kwong said at a press briefing. “We believe the drug cartel used this method… trying to cover up the smell of marijuana with the pungent smell of frozen fish.”
According to Chief Inspector Lu Kai-yen, the bureau set up an ambush against the drug syndicate on Wednesday at two industrial buildings in Kwun Tong, at Ho Ming Street and Wai Yip Street. They stop a 32-year-old builder with the last name So, leaving the industrial unit on How Ming Street. They discovered 120 packages of cocaine, each weighing 1 kilogram, and arrested him for drug trafficking, as Low shared.
the maximum sentence For drug trafficking in Hong Kong is life imprisonment.
In addition, the police stopped two men, a 25-year-old with the surname Chan and a 31-year-old named Leung. They led them to 91.2 kg of hashish at the Wai Yip Street warehouse. The two men, one a kitchen worker and the other a construction worker, were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking. After searching various warehouses nearby, presumably controlled by the same group, the investigators seized 472 packets of cocaine weighing 1 kilogram each.
The fourth man arrested is 32-year-old Chung, who is currently unemployed. He was kidnapped by the authorities while trying to flee Hong Kong. At least some of the four men are allegedly linked to a drug-trafficking triad and are due to appear in Kwun Tong District Courts on Saturday.
Hong Kong authorities are trying to prove a link between another case, two weeks ago, involving 227kg of cocaine that led to the arrest of 10 suspects. On Thursday, Hong Kong customs officials arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of smuggling after nearly 3 kilograms of suspected cocaine and 26 grams of cocaine were found in an apartment in Tai Kou, valued at around HK$3.3 million.
As Chief Superintendent of the Bureau Chan Kongming said, Hong Kong is currently ramping up tension in its efforts to crack down on drug arrests, with special attention Cocaine. “Recently, coca leaf production in South American countries has continued to increase, which has led to a corresponding decrease in the cost of manufacturing cocaine,” he said. South China Morning Post reports. “The Narcotics Bureau stepped up intelligence gathering on the risks of more cocaine flowing into Hong Kong due to lower prices.”
However, in the voice of a publicist, Chan continues that drug trafficking and use in Hong Kong was “largely under control” and he did not expect an upward trend domestically.
Back in 2020, the Chinese government imposed a strict National Security Law (NSL) on Hong Kong including has called Serious consequences for human rights.