Hong Kong police seized 280kg of marijuana from a warehouse in Lok Ma Chau on Friday, the second-largest cannabis seizure ever, with an estimated value of HK$63 million (US$8.12 million) on the black market.
Authorities also arrested a 41-year-old businessman, suspected of being a key player in a drug ring, in connection with the case. He will appear in court on Monday.
“According to our investigation, the cannabis buds we seized came from North America,” Superintendent Alan Chung, of the Kowloon West regional crime unit, said on Sunday. “Hong Kong has seen an increase in the use of marijuana in recent years. Last year, a total of 1,070kg of cannabis was seized.”
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That figure represented a marked increase over 2019, when authorities seized just 374kg, Chung said. Meanwhile, more than half of the people aged 21 and under who were arrested for drug consumption had been using marijuana, he added.
The marijuana was found in a locked, air-conditioned room in a warehouse in Mai Po San Tsuen. The cannabis was stored in 21 large grain sacks, and was parcelled out into 465 separate packages, Chung said.
Despite the prolonged closures of many entertainment venues throughout the pandemic, police have said there was still a market for drugs in the city.
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