HK$15 million worth of cocaine concealed in suspicious packages found in Sai Kung amid beach drug wash-ups

Stegosaurus in Sai Kung.

22nd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Authorities have discovered a series of concealed drug packages washing ashore on various beaches this month. The latest incident marks the fourth instance of narcotics being intercepted along rocky or sandy coastlines. Yesterday, at approximately 2.25pm, a hiker in Sai Kung’s Nam She Wan Thousand Streams Coast reported a discovery of 13 suspicious packages containing white powder on the nearby beach where The Stegosaurus rock is located. Upon arrival and subsequent investigation, law enforcement officials believe that the packages collectively contain an estimated 15 kilograms of suspected cocaine, with a street value of around HK$15 million. The case has been classified as the detection of suspicious items pending further investigation.

In a series of related incidents, last Saturday, around 5pm, another package containing suspected cocaine powder was found at Pui O Beach on Chi Ma Wan Road in Lantau Island. Weighing approximately 1,000 grams, the seized drugs were valued at roughly HK$1.1 million. On the 9th of this month, at around 9 a.m., an offshore discovery was made at Lido Beach in Tsuen Wan, where a green plastic barrel containing eight packages of suspected cocaine powder, weighing around 8 kilograms, was found. The estimated street value of this seizure amounts to HK$8 million. Additionally, on the 4th of the month, authorities recovered a significant haul of 19 kilograms of cocaine, valued at approximately HK$19 million, at Chung Hom Kok Beach in Stanley. Officials have not ruled out the possibility that drug traffickers are using buoys to attach cocaine packages before tossing them into the sea, providing receivers with the location coordinates for retrieval.