Police seize HK$1m worth of cannabis extracts from 3 Nepalese suspects in Yau Ma Tei


20th June 2021 – (Hong Kong) Police from the Anti-Triad Action Team and Intelligence Unit of the Criminal Division of the West Kowloon Region launched an anti-drug operation code-named “Thunderbolt 21” at 8pm last night (19th), during which they ambushed a 38-year-old Nepalese man outside 820 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei.

The detectives immediately stepped forward to search the man and found a small amount of cannabis extracts on his body. The police then escorted the man back to his subdivided flat for further search, and also seized about 5 kilograms of cannabis extracts and paraphernalia. Police also found a batch of Nepalese traditional embroidery clothing for wedding purposes.

The Superintendent of the Criminal Division of the West Kowloon Region, Alan Chung, said that the police learned from intelligence that criminals used air transport to store cannabis and drugs in this type of Nepalese traditional embroidered clothing. Ethnic people generally use this type of traditional clothing for wedding purposes, which is believed to be used to conceal the drugs.

Police also pointed out that the market value of the seized drugs exceeded HK$1 million. Two other Nepalese women (33 and 40 years old) in the unit were also arrested in connection with the case. It is reported that the three were friends and all possessed Hong Kong identity cards and reported that their occupations as labourers. The three have been detained overnight and will be charged with drug trafficking later.