HK police seize HK$300,000 in crack cocaine, arrest man for driving under the influence of drugs after 6km pursuit

05-Mar-2021 Intellasia | South China Moring Post | 6:52 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong police arrested a motorist for driving under the influence of drugs and seized HK$300,000 (US$38,600) worth of illegal narcotics after a 6km car chase in the New Territories in the early hours of Wednesday.

The pursuit began shortly before 12.30am when traffic officers spotted the Honda vehicle running along Yuen Long Highway near To Yuen Wai in Tuen Mun without its rear number plate light on.

As officers approached to intercept the car, the driver ignored their orders to pull over and sped away, the force said.

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During the chase, the car left the highway and turned onto Long Tin Road in Yuen Long, then Castle Peak Road and Shun Tat Street before finally stopping in the cul-de-sac of Tat Fuk Road in Tuen Mun.

“When police were approaching to carry out inquiries, officers found the driver was throwing a small bag of suspected ketamine out of the vehicle,” police said in a statement.

“In the car, officers seized another 130 grams of suspected crack cocaine [in five bags]. The seized drug has an estimated street value of about HK$300,000.”

A sniffer dog was also deployed, but no further drugs were found in the car.

The driver, 26, failed the rapid oral fluid test that was introduced on February 19 to catch those driving under the influence of illegal narcotics. The test can detect the presence of six illicit drugs cocaine, heroin, ketamine, methamphetamine, cannabis and Ecstasy.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of trafficking in dangerous drugs and driving under the influence of drugs. He was still being detained as of Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives from the Tuen Mun criminal investigation unit are handling the case.

In Hong Kong, trafficking in dangerous drugs carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

According to official statistics, local authorities seized 471kg of ketamine in 2020, up 71.9 per cent from 274kg in 2019. Seizures of cocaine dropped 24.4 per cent to 1,269kg in 2020 from 1,678kg in 2019.


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