Police detain Tsim Sha Tsui private car driver suspected of drug trafficking, cocaine seized

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27th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) During duty in Tsim Sha Tsui, the police utilized an automatic number plate recognition system and detected a private car whose registered owner’s license had been suspended. Upon inspection, a small quantity of suspected cocaine and ketamine with an estimated street value of around HK$28,000 was found inside the vehicle. A 37-year-old driver surnamed Jat was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and is currently under detention for investigation. The case is being followed up by the Criminal Investigation Team of the Yau Tsim Police District.

The police conducted a search inside the private car and also deployed a sniffer dog to inspect the trunk, resulting in the discovery of a small quantity of suspected drugs. At around 1pm today (27th), officers from the Traffic Division, West Kowloon, intercepted the vehicle at the location opposite Mira Place Phase 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. The male driver appeared nervous during the encounter. He was arrested and handcuffed on the scene to assist with the investigation. It is understood that the arrested individual, a local resident, is not the owner of the vehicle in question. He did not resist when intercepted and subsequently underwent a drug and alcohol breath test. The police are continuing their investigation into the case.