Hong Kong Customs dismantles syndicates involved in illegal export of controlled medicines, 4 arrested

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16th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs recently conducted an enforcement operation named “Thunderbolt” to combat the illegal export of suspected controlled medicines. The operation resulted in the dismantling of two syndicates involved in smuggling controlled medicines, with the arrest of four women.

In late May, Customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport selected and inspected an outbound air parcel bound for Italy. Inside the parcel, they discovered twenty-two tablets of suspected controlled medicines. This discovery prompted an in-depth investigation, leading to the identification of two smuggling syndicates operating in Mui Wo and San Po Kong, respectively.

On 3rd June, Customs officers arrested a 43-year-old woman at Mui Wo Post Office, suspecting her connection to the case. Approximately 6,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines were seized from the outbound air parcels she had mailed. Subsequently, a residential unit in Mui Wo was raided, where approximately 600,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines were discovered. A 54-year-old woman suspected to be linked to the case was arrested. Both individuals have been released on bail pending further investigation.

On 15th June, Customs officers arrested a 45-year-old woman at Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, also suspected to be involved in the case. Around 10,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines were seized from the outbound air parcels she had mailed. Simultaneously, an industrial unit suspected to be a storage facility in San Po Kong was raided, and approximately 800,000 tablets of suspected controlled medicines were found. A 38-year-old woman suspected to be connected to the case was arrested. Both individuals remain in custody for further investigation.

Hong Kong Customs believes that the operation successfully dismantled two syndicates involved in the illegal export of controlled medicines. The department remains committed to maintaining rigorous law enforcement measures and close cooperation with relevant government departments and the logistics industry to combat such illicit activities.