HK Customs seizes 1.6m suspected controlled pills including aphrodisiacs worth HK$55m, 5 arrested (Updated: 3.40pm)

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25th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) From 28th September to 5th October, the Hong Kong Customs seized a total of 1.6 million suspected controlled pills at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Hung Hom and Sheung Wan respectively, with an estimated market value of approximately HK$55 million, of which more than seventy per cent were controlled virility products.

 Through risk assessment, Customs officers on September 28 selected and inspected a batch of outbound air parcels destined for Spain from Hong Kong at HKIA. About 40,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines were found inside the parcels.

 Photo shows some of the controlled virility products seized.
A press conference was held by Hong Kong Customs this morning to elaborate the case.

During the operation, the Customs arrested 3 women suspected of being involved in the case and 2 men suspected of being involved in the case, aged between 27 and 41. The Customs believes it has dismantled a syndicate attempting to export controlled drugs and money laundering, and involved criminal proceeds of approximately HK$20 million.

After investigation, Customs officers on 30th September arrested a 39-year-old woman suspected to be in connection with the case at the post office in Hung Hom and seized about 60,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines in the outbound air parcels mailed by her. The officers raided an industrial unit in Hung Hom on the same day. About 1.31 million tablets of suspected controlled medicines were found in the unit and a 41-year-old woman suspected to be connected to the case was arrested. 

 Upon follow-up investigation, Customs officers further seized about 190,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines at HKIA and a logistics centre in Sheung Wan from 2nd to 5th October. A 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman suspected to be connected to the case were arrested in Tsing Yi and North Point on October 5 and 6 respectively.

Later, Customs officers conducted a financial investigation into the above-mentioned case. It has been initially revealed that the arrested persons were suspected to have laundered the crime proceeds through fund transfers via bank accounts and money service operators to conceal suspected crime proceeds from overseas areas.

 After investigation, Customs officers on 22nd October arrested a 41-year-old man suspected to be in connection with money laundering in Tseung Kwan O.

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