A young teenage boy could spend at least 14 years behind bars after he was arrested over the weekend for drug trafficking offenses and suspected involvement with a triad, reports say.
The suspect, a 13-year-old bearing the surname Chu, had been targeted by police officers in Sham Shui Po following information that he was acting as a drug trafficker for a triad.
Headline Daily reports that Chu, who is enrolled at a secondary school in Tsuen Wan, was apprehended in a restroom at Liberte Place in Cheung Sha Wan Sunday evening.
He was found in possession of one kilogram of ketamine, an illegal drug, which the police estimated to be worth about HK$270,000.
According to the police, the boy admitted that he has been moving drugs for quite some time and he would be paid several hundred Hong Kong dollars each time he did so.
His mother, who is a divorcee, cried bitterly when she visited her son at the police station, blaming herself for not bringing him up well.
The police said investigations are underway to find out the source of the impounded drug and the mastermind behind the trafficking of the illegal substance.
An official with social service organization Caritas warned young people that they shouldn’t think that they will get lenient sentences for drug trafficking just because they are underage.
Hong Kong courts now treat all such offenders the same way, regardless of their age, he said.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence and the maximum penalty for an offender is life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.
Ming Pao Daily quoted Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung as saying that possession of one kilogram of ketamine might lead to Chu getting incarcerated for at least 14 years, as his age will not matter to the judge.
However, the boy might get his sentence reduced to seven years if he is willing to cooperate and assist the police in busting the drug ring, Luk said.
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