1.26 tonnes of suspected ketamine seized during an anti-drug trafficking operation in Lei Yue Mun
The drugs had a street value of HK$840 million
Four men aged between 32 and 47 were arrested, with two of them charged with trafficking dangerous drugs
One of the suspects had tried to escape by jumping into the sea during the chase, but was arrested by police afterwards
One speedboat fled the scene and dropped about 30 bags of drugs into the sea, which the police later recovered
Officers believe the drugs were originally from Pakistan
Chief Superintendent Ng Wing-sze from the Narcotics Bureau said the pandemic had prompted crime syndicates to change their drug-trafficking tactics due to travel restrictions.
“Because of the Covid-19, the modus operandi of drug trafficking syndicates really changed from the small quantity trafficking by passengers or tourists from anywhere else in Hong Kong to large quantities of drugs being smuggled in large shipments,” she said.