Some 12kg of cannabis resin was found concealed in 40 boxes of almond and pistachio biscuits suspected to have been smuggled into Hong Kong from India, according to police sources.
Investigators believed the HK$1 million (US$127,400) haul was intended for local consumption. The resin was among HK$1.34 million (US$170,000) worth of illegal drugs seized by police in two separate raids on the same building – Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Three men from India were arrested in two operations mounted by officers from Yau Tsim police district’s special duties squads over a period of 12 hours.
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The cannabis resin was confiscated from a subdivided flat in Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road shortly before noon on Monday. Two men, aged 37 and 38, were arrested inside the flat. The pair have been in Hong Kong for several years.
“There were about 400 boxes of Indian biscuits inside the flat. Cannabis resin was hidden in 40,” a police source said on Tuesday. “The drugs were found underneath a layer of biscuits.”
He said the flat was suspected to have been used to store the contraband.
Police were still searching for other suspects in connection with the case and officers were trying to ascertain when the shipment arrived in Hong Kong.
Soon after Monday midnight, a tip-off led police to the arrest of another man, aged 25, and the seizure of illegal drugs with an estimated street value of HK$340,000 from a room in a guest house in the same building. Police said the drugs, including 303 grams of suspected cocaine and 77 grams of suspected ketamine, were seized along with an electronic scale.
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Another source said initial investigations showed the two cases were not linked.
Separately, police intercepted a Hongkonger, 52, and seized 116 grams of suspected heroin and HK$38,000 cash on a staircase in a building on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok at about 6.30pm on Monday. The man was taken to his flat in the same building, where police seized another 97 grams of suspected heroin.
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