Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dangerous drugs worth HK$50 million in anti-narcotics operations


28th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs conducted a series of anti-narcotics operations across various districts from 25th September to 27th September, resulting in the detection of two cases of dangerous drugs trafficking. The seized drugs, with an estimated value of approximately HK$50 million, included 153 kilograms of suspected cannabis buds, 24 kilograms of suspected ketamine, and a quantity of drug packaging paraphernalia. As a result of the operations, two individuals were apprehended.

In the first case, on 25th September, Customs officers inspected a seaborne consignment originating from Canada at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. The consignment, declared as carrying dry fruits and nuts, raised suspicions. Upon closer inspection, Customs officers discovered a concealed batch of suspected cannabis buds concealed within 13 carton boxes. Following a thorough investigation and a controlled delivery operation, a 42-year-old man believed to be connected to the case was arrested in Jordan yesterday. The individual has been charged with one count of attempting to traffic in a dangerous drug and is scheduled to appear at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts on 29th September.

In the second case, Customs officers apprehended a suspicious individual in Tin Shui Wai last night, seizing approximately 1 kilogram of suspected ketamine found in plastic bags in his possession. The 21-year-old man was subsequently arrested. Further seizures took place at a nearby village house, where approximately 23 kilograms of suspected ketamine and drug packaging paraphernalia were discovered. The arrested individual faces two counts of trafficking in a dangerous drug and is set to appear at the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow.

Hong Kong Customs remains committed to strengthening its enforcement efforts against drug trafficking through intelligence analysis. The department also issues a reminder to the public, urging them to remain vigilant and refrain from engaging in drug trafficking activities for financial gain. Individuals must not accept offers or requests from others to transport controlled items in and out of Hong Kong. It is crucial not to carry unknown items on behalf of others or divulge personal data and home addresses for the purpose of receiving parcels or goods.