Largest cocaine bust in five years discovered in Tuen Mun luxury apartment

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (June 30) seized about 79 kilograms of suspected cocaine and 1 kilogram of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated market value of about $80 million in Tuen Mun. This is a record high suspected cocaine seizure by Hong Kong Customs in the past five years.

In cocaine-related news, Hong Kong Customs on the weekend made a record seizure, confiscating enough blow to kill a pack of elephants and possibly a small horse.

From a flat in Tuen Mun, officers seized some 79 kilograms of the party drug, a haul they valued at about HK$80 million (US$10.2 million). They also found 1 kilogram of methamphetamine.

According to a statement, the seizure marked the biggest in five years.

It was found during an anti-narcotics operation on Saturday morning in which police intercepted a 52-year-old man, whose apartment contained the drugs.

“The 52-year-old man was then arrested,” according to the statement.

“Investigation is ongoing. Customs has been taking vigorous enforcement action to prevent and combat drug trafficking activities. Customs appeals to members of the public, especially young people, not to defy the law.”

You hear that young people?

According to RTHK, the detained man is suspected of being a high-level gang member.

HK01 reported the flat raided was a luxury apartment which enjoyed a high level of security, something the gang members took advantage of to mask the trafficking operation.

Under the dangerous drugs ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug carries a maximum HK$5 million (US$637,200) fine and possible life imprisonment.

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