HK couple arrested over drugs hidden in dog food after customs swoop in during family outing

15-Jan-2022 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong customs have arrested a couple who were accused of delivering narcotics disguised as dog food during an outing with their three-year-old son aimed at concealing their alleged drug trafficking activities.

During Thursday’s operation, authorities seized more than HK$16 million (US$2.05 million) worth of illegal drugs. The 16.7kg haul consisted of substances suspected to be crystal meth, also known as Ice, and heroin.

After identifying a new narcotics storage centre at a commercial unit in Cheung Sha Wan several days ago, officers from the Customs and Excise Department’s drug investigation bureau placed it under surveillance.

On Thursday afternoon, customs officers swooped into action and intercepted the man, 28, his wife, 24, and their three-year-old son on Cheung Yue Street.

A senior inspector at the bureau, Jacky Yau Wing-yeung, said officers found two slabs of suspected heroin in a bag the man was allegedly carrying. The substance weighed 700 grams and was concealed in a sack of dog food.

In a follow-up raid on the commercial unit, customs officers seized 11kg of suspected crystal meth and another 6kg of heroin, he said.

The senior inspector said the consignment had an estimated street value of more than HK$16 million.

The couple were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking an offence that is punishable with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

“Customs believe the traffickers attempted to use a family’s outdoor activity to conceal their drug trafficking,” said Yau, adding the move was to avoid any scrutiny from law enforcement.

The three-year-old boy is now being cared for by his grandparents.

As of midday on Friday, the pair were being held for questioning and had not been charged.

Customs officers said they believed the commercial unit had been used as a drug storage and distribution centre for less than two weeks. They were investigating the original source of the narcotics.

In the first 10 months of last year, local authorities seized 1,621kg of crystal meth, up nearly 20 per cent from 1,360kg in the same period the year before.

Seizures of heroin also rose by 28.5 per cent to 437kg between January and October of 2021, compared with 340kg found during the same period in 2020.


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