Two were arrested for allegedly processing a total of 34 kilograms of heroin with a street value of around HK$25 million (about US$3.2 million) in an apartment in Sha Tin over the weekend.
Police said a 24-year-old man, surnamed Chan, and a 26-year-old man, surnamed Yu, were arrested on Saturday on Wang Pok Street, RTHK reports. Authorities allegedly discovered a large amount of loose heroin powder, as well as bricks of the drug, and a hydraulic jack suspected to have been used to pack the powder into bricks.
Police were led to the apartment after Yu was arrested elsewhere, allegedly with 42 grams of heroin on his person.
The heroin is believed to have been transported to Hong Kong from Southeast Asia inside capsules disguised as pharmaceuticals.
“After their drugs arriving in Hong Kong, they arranged somebody to take out the powdered heroin from the capsules and then used a hydraulic jack to transform it into brick form,” Senior Inspector Cheung Chun-hong of the Narcotics Bureau said.
Both men were charged with manufacturing dangerous drugs and were set to appear at Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court.
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