Hong Kong police intercept a record 1.3 TON haul of ketamine worth more than £100 million as traffickers attempt to offload it from speedboat
- Hong Kong officials seized the record-breaking haul on Friday
- The 1.3 tonnes of the drug is the largest bust of its kind in the city’s history
- Police said smugglers have resorted to making bulk shipments because of Covid-19 travel restrictions
- Three local men and a man of Indian nationality, aged between 32 and 47, were arrested
Hong Kong officials seized a huge record-breaking haul of ketamine worth more than £100million on Friday.
Officials found 1.3 tonnes of the drug, 48 bags, the amount of which exceeded the total seizure of the drug in the first 11 months of this year.
The haul is the largest bust of its kind in the city’s history.
Covid-19 travel restrictions have forced smugglers to make riskier bulk shipments, according to police.
Pictured: L-R: Hong Kong Police narcotics bureau’s acting superintendent Cheung Cho-kin, chief superintendent Ng Wing-sze, and chief inspector Ip Sau-lan pose during a press conference yesterday on the drug haul
Smugglers make larger shipments instead of using drug mules travelling through airports.
The haul was intercepted on Friday morning by officers as the drugs were being trafficked from a speedboat in the seaside Lei Yue Mun district.
Chief Inspector Ip Sau-Ian said at a press conference yesterday: ‘Drug trafficking syndicates would use fishing boats or oceangoing vessels to transport the drugs to the high seas near Hong Kong waters.
Pictured: Bags of seized evidence are displayed during a press conference on a record drug haul of 1.3 tonnes of ketamine worth 108 million USD at the police headquarters in Hong Kong on December 25, 2021
‘Then they will arrange speedboats to smuggle the drugs to shore.’
Three local men and a man of Indian nationality, aged between 32 and 47, were arrested.
Those arrested remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Two of the suspects will be charged with trafficking of dangerous drugs and will be arraigned in Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court today.
Police said they would not rule out further arrests.
They said traffickers will likely continue to smuggle drugs in bulk if Hong Kong maintains its pandemic-related travel restrictions.
The police seized 48 bags of ketamine, the amount of which exceeded the total seizure of the drug in the first 11 months of this year. Pictured: The drugs
Hong Kong police intercept a record 1.3 TON haul of ketamine