Customs authorities have seized HK$21.5 million worth of cannabis buds at a warehouse in Tsuen Wan and arrested three men who had come to pick up the drugs.
Officials said the drugs were intended for major distributors in Hong Kong and mainland China, Apple Daily reports.
The 219 packets of cannabis buds weighing 131 kilos were the largest haul in 10 years.
Two of the suspects are unemployed while the other is a transportation worker. Customs police believe the three are the ringleaders of the syndicate.
Lee Kam-wing, an official of the customs’ narcotics bureau, said they received reports at the beginning of the year that a drug syndicate was planning a large consignment from North America via sea routes.
Customs officers identified a logistics company in Wang Lung Street in Tsuen Wan as the storage site and pounced on the suspects when they came to collect the shipment.
The cannabis buds were vacuum-packed and wrapped in paper cartons. They were mixed with other goods inside 15 wooden crates.
Customs officials said that the identical weight of the 15 wooden crates declared in the shipment aroused their suspicion, according to Sing Tao Daily.
Meanwhile, police have raided a hydroponic marijuana farm in a village house in Lau Fau Shan, confiscating 17 marijuana plants and some tools estimated to be worth HK$250,000.
A 37-year-old man with triad background was arrested.
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