Three Hong Kong youngsters, including two students, have been arrested in Macau for allegedly trafficking nearly 60 grams of cocaine estimated to be worth HK$190,000.
Macau police were tipped off that a Hong Kong syndicate has been paying some people to smuggle illegal drugs into the former Portuguese colony.
During an operation on Monday night, officers collared an 18-year-old jobless man from Hong Kong on Rua dos Pescadores and found 48 sachets of cocaine weighing 16.21 grams in total in his possession and in his hotel room, Apple Daily reports.
It is understood that each pack was sold at between HK$600 and HK$800 and the man could earn HK$100 out of the amount as commission.
Later that night, police arrested two other Hongkongers who were supposed to meet the man at the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal to deliver to him the drugs they carried over from Hong Kong.
One was a Secondary Five male student, 19, and the other was a Secondary One female student, 13.
Two packs of cocaine weighing about 43.2 grams in total were found hidden in her bra.
Macau lawmaker Au Kam-san said it is worrisome that some syndicates are taking advantage of a legal loophole and arranging young people to smuggle illegal drugs into the city.
According to Macau’s law, offenders under 16 years of age do not have to assume criminal liability, although they can be sent to the youth correctional institution.
How long the law-breaking juveniles will be ordered to stay in the institution depends on several factors, including the gravity of their crime and their age, Au said.
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