From the 12th to the 24th of this month, the Hong Kong Customs took a series of anti-drug operations, cracking three large-scale drug cases from air cargo, sea cargo channels, and in the city, and seized suspected drugs with a market value of more than 230 million yuan.
Drug cartels imported about 145 kilograms of suspected liquid methamphetamine from avocado oil reservoirs in Mexico; mixed about 72 kilograms of suspected cocaine with maca powder and egg yolk powder.
In addition, about 61 kilograms of suspected heroin came to Hong Kong from Thailand by sea.
The three drug cases were all manipulated by gangs. Customs described the drug dealers as "almost effort and effort" by hiding a small amount of drugs in a large quantity of goods in an attempt to conceal the public's attention.
Three years ago, Customs began to use spectrum analyzers to identify heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, and emphasized that "it is easy to find drugs."
According to Li Jinrong, senior supervisor of the Customs Narcotics Investigation Division, the Customs has uncovered 3 large-scale drug cases in the city, air cargo and sea cargo from July 12 to 24 in the past two weeks, seizing a total of 278 kilograms of drugs with a market value of more than 230 million yuan.
All three cases were imported goods, and all were suspected of being manipulated by local drug cartels by gangsters.
The first case detected in the city was on July 12 when the Narcotics Bureau found a drug storage center in an industrial building in Fo Tan. In 172 boxes of healthy food, 72 kilograms of suspected cocaine were seized, with a market value of about 85 million yuan.
Chen Shaoqiu, commander of the first group of drug investigations of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau, explained the facts of the case, saying that he had exchanged intelligence with overseas law enforcement agencies and learned that a batch of cocaine had flowed into Hong Kong earlier.
He described drug traffickers in order to reduce the chance of being intercepted by law enforcement officers. The method of collecting drugs was "at no cost. With great effort", a large amount of normal goods will be mixed with 172 boxes of health food containing 6865 bottles of maca powder, egg yolk powder and chia seeds Among them, only 180 bottles of maca powder and egg yolk powder contained suspected drugs, accounting for 2.6% of the total volume.
He explained that the packaging paper containing the drugs is lower and unevenly colored to hide the drugs hidden at the bottom and make it easier to find in large quantities of goods.
In addition, because the drugs have a more sour taste, the bottle cap is tighter.
He pointed out that the three food product brands found this time are not circulated in Hong Kong, but are very similar to a Peruvian brand. I believe drug dealers will imitate them.
Drug dealers mix the drugs into maca powder and egg yolk powder, which requires procedures to extract the drugs, including adding chemicals, mixing, and finally using a centrifuge to separate the drugs and food products.
Customs officers arrested a 43-year-old male driver suspected of being involved in the case in Sha Tin on July 15.
The case is still under investigation and the arrested man is currently being released on bail pending further investigation.
Three cases of importing huge amounts of drugs were manipulated by gangsters
In addition, the customs has uncovered the largest case of trafficking in methamphetamine by air cargo in the past 20 years.
On July 20, an air cargo imported from Mexico was uncovered at the airport. 145 kg of suspected liquid methamphetamine with a market value of HK$80 million was found in 288 sticks of avocado oil. A local man was arrested.
Liu Liangzhi, commander of the Airport Investigation Team of the Customs Narcotics Investigation Bureau, explained the case, referring to the use of the air cargo clearance system, considering that Mexico is one of the high-risk drug export countries, and the air waybill address does not match the actual situation, so he selected a batch of reports that contained 1500 A cargo of kilograms of avocado oil.
When customs officers inspected 146 boxes of avocado oil in detail on July 20, they found that the goods were stacked in 5 layers, with 26 boxes on the top layer and 30 boxes on the other 4 layers.
After lifting the first floor, the personnel found that there were 12 boxes of goods on each layer in the middle inner wall, the color was different from the outer side, so they took out the 48 boxes for inspection and found that the 6 bottles of avocado oil in the box had signs of opening.
The officers irradiated with strong light and found that there were sediments at the bottom of each bottle, that is, a total of 288 bottles of avocado oil were suspected of containing liquid methamphetamine, weighing about 145 kg, and the market value was about 80 million yuan.
Customs is investigating the flow of drugs. Yesterday (24), a 60-year-old man truck driver was arrested in Tsing Yi. The case is still under investigation, and it is not ruled out that more people were arrested.
Last Thursday (July 22), the Port and Maritime Division cracked the largest heroin trafficking case in 20 years. It intercepted seaborne cargo imported from Thailand at Kwai Chung Wharf and seized 61 kilograms of suspected seaborne cargo in 12 cartons declared as food. Luo Ying drug, with a market value of HK$66 million.
Customs arrested two local men and one local woman, including the owner of the receiving company, aged between 31 and 42, for an attempt to traffic dangerous drugs. They will appear in Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (26th).
Chen Shaoqiu said that Thailand is one of the high-risk drug export countries, and the receiving company was only established at the beginning of this year, so this batch of seaborne goods reported as snacks was selected for inspection.
The personnel found instant rice noodles in 12 boxes. Each bag of rice noodles contained only one packet of seasoning powder. One side of the bag was opened and then resealed.
The flavoring powder is essentially suspected heroin, weighing about 61 kilograms in total.
The customs investigation believed that the receiving company used several logistical concealments and finally locked up an industrial building unit in Kwai Chung. It was discovered that 2 men and 1 woman had received the goods and moved the goods into the premises, so they took action and inspected and killed suspected drug packaging tools in the unit.
Use spectrum analyzer to identify drugs
Li Jinrong pointed out that drug dealers spend their best efforts, but nowadays there is no way for drugs to hide under technology.
Customs began to use spectral analyzers to identify heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine three years ago, describing that "it is easy to find the true identity of the drug." The customs conducts intelligence exchanges with other agencies based on risk management and intelligence analysis. From 2021 to the present. 15 large-scale drug cases with a value of more than 10 million yuan have been successfully solved.
From January to July this year, the Hong Kong Customs seized 1.4 tons of drugs, a 20% increase over the same period last year. The most seized was cocaine, with a total of 440 kilograms; another 290 kilograms of methamphetamine and 130 kilograms of heroin were seized.
Li said that although drug dealers change models and channels from time to time, Hong Kong Customs will adjust investigation strategies.
According to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in dangerous drugs is a serious crime. Once convicted, the maximum penalty is a fine of 5 million yuan and life imprisonment.
The Customs urges the public to be vigilant and refrain from participating in drug trafficking activities for money gains, refrain from accepting any person's employment or entrustment to transport controlled goods in and out of Hong Kong, and refrain from rashly assisting others in transporting goods without determining the properties of the goods.
In addition, the public should also avoid passing personal information or addresses to others for the purpose of receiving parcels or goods.
Members of the public can call the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182, or report suspected drug trafficking activities through the dedicated crime reporting email account (email@example.com).