Man arrested at airport with HK$3.07 million worth of cannabis buds

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25th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) A 47-year-old man, identified as Mr. Lo, was apprehended at the airport after being caught with approximately 18.3 kilograms of cannabis buds in his suitcase. The estimated street value of the seized drugs amounts to HK$3.07 million.

The arrest took place on Friday when officers from the New Territories North regional anti-triad unit, in collaboration with customs officials, conducted a joint operation based on intelligence analysis and extensive investigation.

Law enforcement authorities suspect that Mr. Lo was recruited by a drug trafficking syndicate, enticed by promises of quick financial gain, to smuggle the illicit substances into Hong Kong from overseas. The interception of 21 packets of cannabis buds is seen as a significant blow to the syndicate’s operations.

Police have issued a warning, emphasizing the gravity of drug trafficking as a serious criminal offence. They highlighted the common tactic employed by criminal syndicates, who exploit individuals’ financial aspirations by enticing them through social media platforms with promises of easy money.