Date
30 March 2017
Ma Ping-yiu, chief superintendent of the Narcotics Bureau (center), says More than 168 kilos of cocaine have been seized during the first five months, up from 146 kilos in the same period last year. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ
Ma Ping-yiu, chief superintendent of the Narcotics Bureau (center), says More than 168 kilos of cocaine have been seized during the first five months, up from 146 kilos in the same period last year. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ

Police seize illegal drugs in biggest bust since 2013

Hong Kong police have seized more than 127 kilos of illegal drugs, the largest haul since 2013.

The drugs included cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”, and were worth a combined HK$130 million (US$16.75 million), the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Three men, aged between 35 and 39, were arrested.

They were charged with drug trafficking, possession of controlled drugs and resisting arrest, according to news website hk01.com.

Ma Ping-yiu, chief superintendent of the Narcotics Bureau, said the operation was conducted on June 24, when officers first found 121 kilos of cocaine in a private car and a light truck driven by two of the suspects in a parking lot in Shun Lee Estate in Sau Mau Ping.

The discovery led police to a 39-year-old man who was trying to flee from a Fanling flat.

They found about six kilos of cocaine, 650 grams of ice and 100 grams of cannabis in his backpack.

Ma said the cocaine might have come from a 959 kg. shipment seized a week earlier in Lok Ma Chau.

More than 168 kilos of cocaine have been seized during the first five months, up from 146 kilos in the same period last year, Ma said.

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