HK$650,000 Of Cannabis Seized At Lok Ma Chau

January 28, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (28-January-2019): Customs officers arrested a suspected drug trafficker at Lok Ma Chau immigration control point earlier this morning after finding 3.1kg of cannabis buds in his rucksack.

The Hong Kong man, 33, was stopped during a routine search at the border checkpoint at Lok Ma Chau at about 6.30am as he returned to the city from Shenzhen.

“In a rucksack the suspect was carrying, there were three vacuum-sealed aluminium foil bags that contained suspected cannabis buds,” senior inspector Ho Kin-lun said.

He said a total of 3.1kg of the drug was found in the three bags, and the haul had an estimated street value of HK$650,000.  “We believe the vacuum-sealed bags were used in an attempt to contain the strong smell of cannabis buds and to foil sniffer dogs,” Ho said.

HK$650,000 Of Cannabis Seized At Lok Ma Chau

Ho said an initial investigation showed the drug was for local consumption, and officers were investigating whether the man was hired by a drug trafficking syndicate to smuggle the drug into the city from mainland China.

As of 2pm, the suspect was still being held at the headquarters of Customs & Excise Department in North Point for questioning and had not been charged.

In the run-up to the Lunar New Year, local authorities believed there would be a demand for illegal drugs and enforcement actions had been enhanced.

Local authorities confiscated 246kg of cannabis in the first 10 months of 2018, down 67.5 per cent from 757kg in the same period the previous year.