Hong Kong police arrest a 25-year-old man for drug trafficking and seize more than HK$12 million worth of narcotics

Hong Kong police have arrested a man and seized more than HK$12 million (US$1.53 million) worth of drugs from two industrial buildings in Yau Tong, believed to be the manufacturing base of a drug syndicate.

During an operation on Friday and Saturday, officers raided the two units in the industrial building on Ko Fai Road in Yau Tong and seized a total of 12.5kg of heroin, 8kg of cannabis flower, 270 cannabis oil cartridges and small quantities. of cannabis candies, cannabis cookies, hallucinogenic mushrooms and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide).

Police said the two flats were believed to be the base for the syndicate to produce and traffic drugs for the local market.

“These drugs have an estimated street value of more than HK$12 million,” Fung Pak-hei, a senior inspector at Kowloon East’s anti-triad division, said on Sunday.

A stock photo of heroin. Officers also discovered drug production and packaging tools in the units. Photo: Shutterstock images

Police arrested a 25-year-old local man on suspicion of manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs, Fung added.

Officers also discovered drug production and packaging tools in the units.

“We believe we have nipped the drug syndicate supply chain in the bud,” Fung said. “The suspect has been arrested for further investigation and we will trace the origin of the raw materials.”

He stressed that the most severe penalty for both production and trafficking of dangerous drugs was life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.

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Fung warned young people against being persuaded by syndicates to participate in drug production or trafficking.

“These syndicates will add unknown chemicals or liquids to the drugs during the manufacturing process and cause further harm to users,” he said.

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Earlier this month, police arrested a 17-year-old for allegedly packing and distributing HK$3 million worth of suspected ketamine and crack cocaine from his home.

In March, officers arrested four residents and seized suspected narcotics worth HK$6.11 million in a crackdown on a drug trafficking syndicate using hotel rooms for storage.