Teenage dropout entangled in narcotics trade, over HK$1.6m in drugs seized

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1st December 2023 – (Hong Kong) A 14-year-old school dropout has been found at the centre of a narcotics ring in Hong Kong, leading to the arrest of his parents and the seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of HK$1.6 million.

The teenager was targeted and recruited by drug traffickers to store and deliver narcotics from his residence at Queen’s Hill Estate in Fanling, a quiet suburban neighbourhood in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, his involvement led to the apprehension of his 72-year-old father and 48-year-old mother, both blue-collar workers, who were taken into custody in a sweeping operation by the local law enforcement.

On 28th November, after an intense investigation and intelligence analysis, police intercepted the young man and discovered a total of 19 bricks of heroin, weighing approximately 6.65 kilograms, in his possession and at his residence. Subsequently, his parents were also arrested.

Further investigation led to a raid on a mini-storage facility rented by the drug syndicate in Kwai Chung. Officers uncovered an additional 40 bricks of heroin, weighing a total of 14 kilograms, stored within three large plastic boxes in the facility. The total haul of over 20 kilograms of heroin has an estimated street value of HK$1.6 million.

The young man, who is believed to have been working with the trafficking group for about a month in exchange for several thousand dollars, will be charged with two counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs. He is due to appear at Fanling Magistrates’ Courts today, 1st December.

The parents, however, have been released on bail and are required to report to the police later in December. Police have emphasised a “zero tolerance” policy towards the exploitation of minors in the drug trade and are actively investigating the case. Further arrests have not been ruled out, especially targeting those who recruit young people into drug trafficking.