Two drug rings operating in Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui were believed to have been smashed following a series of police raids that resulted in the arrest of six men of Pakistani descent over the weekend.
Lam Chi-yuen, acting police superintendent of the Yau Tsim District, said at a media conference on Sunday the raids on suspected drug lairs were launched under a special police operation codenamed Breakfire II after intelligence had been gathered for some time, news website hk101.com reports.
Three of the suspects were arrested during a raid of a flat on Minden Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday morning. They were aged between 28 and 41.
Police also seized from the flat 87 grams of cannabis, 120g of marijuana, and other illegal drugs worth a combined HK$20,000.
Lam said the flat was believed to be the ring’s distribution center, supplying drugs to customers across Hong Kong.
Later that day, police arrested three other men of Pakistani descent, aged between 29 and 46, near Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. They are suspected of working for another drug ring.
Investigation revealed two of the six suspects have Hong Kong identification cards, while the rest hold recognizance forms or temporary IDs.
Some of the arrested suspects were believed involved in seven assault cases that took place between August last year and May this year.
During the press conference, police constable Ifzal Zaffar spoke in Urdu as he appealed to the public, especially those of Pakistani descent like him, not to participate in drug deals, warning them that police will show no mercy in cracking down on offenders, Sing Tao Daily reported.
Lam said police were still going after other suspected members of the two groups.
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