Date
18 January 2017
The District Court will sentence a man who misled the police in a drugs-related case. Photo: HKEJ
The District Court will sentence a man who misled the police in a drugs-related case. Photo: HKEJ

Man faces sentence for drug offense under modified charges

A Hong Kong court is set to announce a sentence on a man found guilty of violating the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.

The District Court will hand a sentence on the man after prosecutors modified the charges against him to “intentional transport of dangerous drugs”, Apple Daily reports. 

The man, who claimed be a London gold trader, was previously accused of possession of drugs. 

In February, the defendant was stopped by police officers near his residence at Ming Tak Estate in Tseung Kwan O.

A search revealed that he was carrying a pack of white powder weighing 333 grams.

Upon questioning, the man said the substance was ketamine that he bought from a dealer for HK$16,000 and that it was meant for his personal use. 

However, a test of the powder by a government lab revealed it was something other than ketamine.

If the substance was really ketamine as the man had claimed, its market value would have been more than HK$40,000, and not HK$16,000, officials noted.

The man was placed on probation and accused of misleading the police.

He was then convicted on charges of preparing to transport dangerous drugs.

Pleading for leniency, the defendant, who confessed he was a drug addict, said he was very sorry for what he did.

He promised to provide the police the names of his suppliers.

Under the law, he could face up to HK$500,000 in fine and a jail term of up to 7 years.

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