The Anti-Triad Operations Unit of Wong Tai Sin District received intelligence alleging that a drug trafficking syndicate controlled by triads was using a private housing estate as a drug processing ground. After investigation and intelligence analysis, the Police smashed a drug storage warehouse and drug processing plant in a private housing estate on Sham Mong Road in Tai Kok Tsui on Wednesday (22nd). During the operation, a 22-year-old local man with triad background who claimed to be unemployed was arrested and about 2.6 kilograms of suspected crack cocaine were seized from him, and about one kilogram of suspected crack cocaine was seized from a private housing estate unit with a total market value of about $480.24 million. The man was provisionally charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs and one count of manufacturing dangerous drugs, and the case was mentioned in the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts this morning (<>th).


Police successfully smashed a drug storage warehouse and a drug processing plant in a private housing estate on Sham Mong Road in Tai Kok Tsui on Wednesday (22nd). (Photo by Lin Zefeng)

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Senior Inspector Ng Ping-sum, head of the Anti-Triad Operations Unit of Wong Tai Sin District, recounted the case and said that on the afternoon of November 11, detectives intercepted and searched a man in a private housing estate on Sham Mong Road in Tai Kok Tsui. During the investigation, detectives seized about 22.2 kilograms of suspected crack cocaine from the man. The detectives then searched the suspicious flat that the man had just stepped out of with a court warrant and seized about 6 kilogram of suspected crack cocaine with a total market value of about $1.480 million.

Detectives also seized induction cookers, pots stained with drug residues and a large amount of soda powder in the bedrooms of the flat, which are believed to be used by drug trafficking syndicates to process the raw materials of cocaine and convert them into crack cocaine. Detectives seized drug packaging tools in the bedroom, including electronic scales, sealing machines, and a large number of transparent resealable plastic bags. Police believe that drug trafficking syndicates use their units to carry out "one-stop" drug storage, processing and packaging work, and then export the drugs out of the local market.

The arrested man was provisionally charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs and one count of manufacturing dangerous drugs at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts this morning. The Police said they would continue to combat drug trafficking through an intelligence-led approach, and reiterated that drug trafficking and "drug production" are very serious crimes. The maximum fine upon conviction for the offence of manufacturing dangerous drugs under section 134 of Cap. 6 reminds members of the public not to defy the law.