Drug trafficking syndicates use free travel and monetary rewards as an inducement to solicit others to pick up drugs and sell them in Hong Kong. The day before yesterday (17th), the police and Customs officers arrested two returnees from Thailand at the Hong Kong International Airport, and found a total of 14.35 kilograms of suspected cocaine and about 4 grams of suspected marijuana in their luggage and backpacks, with a market value of about HK$1 million. Two men and women, aged 100 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking in dangerous drugs and are being detained for further investigation.


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Senior Inspector Lee Chun-min of the Narcotics Bureau of the Police recounted the facts of the case, saying that through in-depth investigation, the Police believed that some members of a drug trafficking syndicate had recently arranged for members to go to Thailand to receive drugs and prepare to collect them and return them to Hong Kong for sale. The police conducted an arrest operation with Customs officers the night before yesterday (17th) to intercept two people who had just returned to Hong Kong from Thailand, including a 1-year-old Hong Kong-old Thai man and an 19-year-old local female student, and found a total of 1.18 kilograms of suspected heroin and about 14 grams of suspected marijuana in their luggage and backpacks, with a market value of about HK$35 million. The two were arrested for trafficking in dangerous drugs and are being detained for investigation and will appear in the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on the 4th.

Police are investigating the flow of drugs and believe that the duo assisted drug dealers in bringing heroin and buying marijuana to Hong Kong for consumption. They receive no more than $10,<>. Attracted by the free travel and monetary rewards of two men and women, Lee appealed to young people not to believe the lies of drug cartels, reminding drug traffickers that facing more than a decade in prison is a ticket from which there is no turning back.

Police reiterate that drug trafficking is a serious offence and that under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134), the maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500 million and life imprisonment. In addition, if a person obtains, or supplies or traffics dangerous drugs to a minor, the police have the right to apply to the court for an aggravation of the sentence under section 56A of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.