Two arrested for smuggling HK$42m worth of drugs

Hong Kong police arrested two unemployed men on suspicion of trafficking HK$42 million worth of drugs in two operations on Tuesday.

The haul, which included 10 kilograms of cocaine and 148 kilograms of cannabis buds, was believed to have been smuggled from North America.

The two arrestees are now detained, said Inspector Chu Siu-lun of Operations of Narcotics Bureau, while officers were still investigating whether the case was involved with the triads.

According to a report received, officers launched a raid in a subdivided flat at Kam Ping Street in North Point on Tuesday and seized a 26-year-old carrying 2 bags of cocaine weighing one kilogram individually as well as eight additional bags in the room. The batch of cocaine was worth around HK$10 million, said the police.

Police also arrested another 27-year-old man on the same day in a flat in Ngo Tau Gau and found 297 bags of cannabis buds inside the flat, which weighed 148 kilograms.

The seizures were found with a label of “medical use” on them and were believed to have been smuggled from North America to Hong Kong, said Chu.

The two batches of drugs valued about HK$42 million, the police said, noting the two men were charged with a count of trafficking dangerous drugs and remain in custody pending trial on Thursday (September 8) in the Eastern District Court.