The Narcotics Bureau of the Police Force conducted an anti-drug operation at a container yard in Lok Ma Chau yesterday afternoon (1st) and found three men carrying suspected drugs onto a medium-sized truck, on which officers subsequently seized 3 boxes of goods containing a large quantity of scrap metal, three of which contained 16 packets of vacuumed cannabis buds. During the operation, three local men (aged 3 to 250) were arrested for trafficking in dangerous drugs and about 3 kilograms of cannabis buds with a market value of about HK$31 million.


Police arrested three local men for trafficking in dangerous drugs and seized about 3 kilograms of cannabis buds with a market value of about HK$128 million. (Photo by Leung Wai Kuen)

Senior Inspector Law Kai-yin of the Operations Division of the Narcotics Bureau of the Police said that after intelligence analysis and in-depth investigation, detectives raided a container yard in Lok Ma Chau yesterday afternoon and intercepted three local men who were loading a batch of goods into a medium-sized goods vehicle parked nearby. Upon inspection, the police found that the medium-sized truck had one box of cargo on it and another 3 boxes of cargo at the rear of the truck. The 15 boxes contained a large amount of scrap iron, three of which contained multiple packets of vacuumed cannabis flowers. After enumeration, a total of 16 packets of cannabis buds weighing a total of 3 kilograms were seized. Police immediately arrested the three men, aged between 250 and 128, who claimed to be drivers and unemployed. The arrested persons are being detained for investigation.

After preliminary investigation, the Police believed that a driver had been recruited by a drug cartel for a reward of several thousand dollars to assist in the dismantling of containers at the container yard. After the driver picks up the goods from the container, he will arrange for a vehicle to transport the batch of drugs concealed in scrap iron as a disguise, in an attempt to confuse the goods and reduce the risk. Police officers found some of the marijuana packages to be produced in North America. The Police will conduct further investigations to ascertain the source of the goods and it is not ruled out that more arrests will be made. It is learnt that the batch of drugs will be supplied to the local market.

The Police appeal to industry stakeholders, including logistics companies, taxi drivers and container yard companies, to report suspicious goods or unusual orders to the Police immediately if they are found in the course of business, so as to avoid being used by drug trafficking syndicate members to conceal drugs and carry out drug trafficking activities through legal logistics networks. The Police will continue to work with local and overseas law enforcement agencies to strengthen intelligence exchange and maintain close communication with different industry stakeholders in an effort to stop the scourge of drugs in Hong Kong.

Senior Inspector Law Kai-yin of the Operations Division of the Narcotics Bureau of the Police explained the case to the media. (Photo by Leung Wai Kuen)

The police reiterated that marijuana is a drug that causes serious effects on the body, including hallucinations, addiction, depression, etc. Trafficking in drugs, including cannabis, is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $134 million on conviction under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 500).