In a successful operation, Hong Kong police have apprehended two alleged drug traffickers and confiscated about $5,000 worth of suspected cannabis buds and packaging equipment. The arrests were made in a flat located in Tseung Kwan O, following an investigation into online drug sales.
The 28-year-old male suspect was caught outside Lohas Park railway station by officers from the Tseung Kwan O anti-triad squad. Subsequently, a raid on his apartment uncovered 192 grams of what is believed to be cannabis buds, as well as packaging equipment. Additionally, a 25-year-old woman was found on the premises during the operation.
Both suspects are currently held on suspicion of trafficking in a dangerous drug, which is a serious offense that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine. This significant bust showcases the Hong Kong police's ongoing efforts to combat illegal drug activities and keep the streets safe.
The suspects were still in police custody as of Tuesday morning, with the investigation ongoing and the possibility of additional arrests. The police have a strict stance against drug-related offenses and will continue to vigorously combat drug trafficking.
Preliminary data reveals a significant increase in the seizure of major illegal drugs in the city. Cocaine, cannabis, methamphetamine, heroin, and ketamine have seen a 67% surge in confiscation, with 3,712kg seized in the first five months of this year compared to 2,227kg in the same period last year.
Furthermore, the amount of cannabis confiscated by the authorities has seen a substantial rise of over 180%, reaching 658kg between January and May, compared to 232kg during the same period in the previous year.