Hong Kong customs seizes drugs worth HK$3.1 billion in 11 months, most in 20 years

Hong Kong customs officials seized six tonnes (6.6 tons) of drugs worth more than HK$3.1 billion (US$397 million) from January to November, beating the record annual haul over the past two decades.

Methamphetamine, also known as Ice, accounted for half the total and arrived mostly by air or sea from Mexico. Other drugs seized included 692kg of cocaine, 540kg of ketamine, 419kg of cannabis and 88kg of heroin.

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Two arrested by customs in HK60m cannabis bust hidden in ceiling tiles

Customs arrested two men after they seized about 348 kg of cannabis buds valued at about HK$60 million at their Kwai Chung cargo examination compound earlier this month.

Customs officers first inspected a seaborne consignment at the examination compound on December 9, declared to be carrying ceiling tiles, arriving in Hong Kong from Canada.

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Brazilian woman arrested at HK airport with HK$2.6m cocaine

Hong Kong Customs arrested a female passenger at the Hong Kong International Airport, seizing three kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about HK$2.6 million.

The arrested, 43, claimed she was a homemaker and arrived in Hong Kong for “traveling” from São Paulo, Brazil, via Doha, Qatar, during the arrest yesterday (November 25th).

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Customs seized HK$60 million ice drugs from Mexico

Customs busted a drug trafficking case by seizing over 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice,” imported from Mexico at Hong Kong International Airport.

Officers announced today that the drug trafficking case using precision instruments for drug storage was detached at the airport on October 24.

According to Alan Lam Chak-lun, Commander of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau Airport Investigation Division, officers noticed a box reported to be an electromagnetic separator shipped from Mexico with suspicious images under X-ray examination.

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Traffickers changing how they bring in drugs

Police said on Saturday they noticed some drug traffickers changing their techniques for bringing narcotics into Hong Kong.

Officers made the remarks after seizing suspected cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine with a total street value of $80 million on Thursday and Friday, while arresting six men suspected of drug trafficking.

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Rollercoaster life

This is my first time writing a letter. Let me introduce myself. 

I have been on remand for one and a half years for drug trafficking. I’ve lost a lot during this time.

I couldn’t face my dad at first and I only agreed to let him visit me a month ago. It has been a roller coaster ride for me but I’ve felt more relieved once I started seeing my dad again although he doesn’t bring me much good news. Bad things keep piling on me. My girlfriend decided to end our relationship, and my grandmother got into an accident that has gotten her paralysed. All of these things happened within the same month.

I blame myself for not being able to do anything at moment. If I were out there, perhaps my grandmother wouldn’t have gotten into that accident. And if I were out there, my girlfriend wouldn’t have left me. I’m very lost with all these questions.

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Father and daughter arrested for HK$51 million drug trafficking in public housing

Hong Kong Police officers arrested a 43-year-old man and his daughter, 16, for trafficking 59.5 kilograms of cocaine worth around HK$51 million.

The two were arrested in a raid launched by police in a public housing unit in Kwai Chung on Sunday morning.

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Hong Kong makes biggest ever meth seizure – 1.8 tonnes, worth over HK$1 billion

Hong Kong has made its biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine after uncovering a shipment arriving from Mexico worth more than HK$1 billion (US$130 million), authorities said Saturday.

Customs officials found a record-breaking 1.8 tonnes of liquid meth hidden in cartons of coconut water en route for Australia.

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Malaysian man caught with HK$50m cocaine in Kowloon Bay

Hong Kong police arrested one Malaysian man and seized 49 kilograms of cocaine worth over HK$50 million in Kowloon Bay.

Police officers raided an industrial building in Kowloon Bay on October 11 after receiving a report about illicit dealings. They stopped and searched a 25-year-old man and seized one kilogram of cocaine from his backpack.

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Traveler arrested over $1.2m ingested cocaine pellets

Customs officers seized about 1.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about HK$1.2 million from a 43-year-old male traveler who swallowed the drugs.

The suspect arrived from Addis Ababa via Bangkok on Sunday and was intercepted by Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department officers at the airport after officers conducting risk assessment procedures noticed that his luggage was relatively small and that he had not booked a hotel room in advance.

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Deconstructing my future

I hope my story will remind people not to get involved in drug trafficking activities. 

I used to be a construction worker but I lost my job at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. At around the same time, the rest of my family members also lost their jobs. I heard from some friends about a way to earn “quick cash”. In my desperation, I made the wrong and regretful decision to get into drug trafficking. The money did come quickly, but I now know it was not worth it at all. I hurt a lot of people, especially my family, and I also lost my freedom.

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A mother’s gamble

I left Sao Paulo on June 28, 2022, for Hong Kong where I was caught with drugs at the airport. I had never done anything so wrong in my life.

I was motivated to do this because of financial problems. I needed to save my son from a gambling debt. Online games today are where many young people in Brazil surrender to addiction. My son is 21 years old and was working when I found out he owed a lot of money to the online gambling bank. Because of this, my son left town so I was worried. Faced with this problem, an old acquaintance told me that I could earn money doing this job, that it would be quick and easy, so out of desperation I accepted.

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Don’t play with your life

I got arrested for drug trafficking and I have been on remand for over two years now. I am very grateful for this opportunity to share my story, hoping my experience will reach young people and change their way of life and not attempt drug trafficking or drug use.

I grew up in a low-income family. I have five siblings with me being the youngest. We rarely talked and I didn’t want to listen to my parents. When I was in school, I was very naughty. I would call the school to report myself sick and then go hang out in Internet cafes, arcades, or pool halls.

I met some friends during this period, and eventually joined a gang. We did a lot of illegal things. Our gang boss would take us around to hang out and play. 

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My future is doomed

I would like to take this opportunity to persuade you all DO NOT engage in any drug trafficking activities! Let me first introduce my background. I was arrested due to drug trafficking, and I am currently under custody at Tai Lam Correctional Institution.

Because of some family issues, I mixed with the wrong crowd. They lured me into drug trafficking with money, which put me in jail for years at this young age. I was so nervous during those days when I transported drugs for them. Despite knowing that I would definitely be sent to jail if I was caught I thought I would be lucky enough not to get caught by the police.

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