HONG KONG, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong police neutralized a transnational drug trafficking syndicate following the arrest of six men and two women and seized 567 kg of suspected cocaine worth about 600 million HK dollars, the largest single seizure with arrests of its kind in HK police record, the authority said on Sunday.
A police spokesman told a press conference that the officers were keeping searching the suspected storage center and more drugs might be seized in the following couple of days.
According to the spokesman, officers of the Narcotics Bureau, acting on intelligence, conducted thorough investigations and took action on Friday afternoon, intercepting four men and two women, aged between 24 and 40, at Fuk Hang Tsuen in Tuen Mun. About 50 kg of suspected cocaine was seized from their possession.
Police later searched a warehouse in Fuk Hang Tsuen and, till Sunday morning, further seized about 467kg of suspected cocaine and some packaging equipment.
A 55-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were also arrested in Yuen Long on Saturday in suspected connection with the case.
Officers later seized about 50 kg of suspected cocaine in a residential unit in Cheung Sha Wan and 50,000 U.S. dollars in a unit in Mong Kok. ( The warehouse is believed to be a drug packaging and storage center. The total seizure of the drugs could fetch about 600 million HK dollars if sold in the local retail market, the spokesman said.
The four men and two women arrested on Friday were charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs and will appear in Tuen Mun Magistrates'
Courts on Monday morning while the other two arrestees had been released on bail and were required to report back to police on Monday.
Xinhua News 18th Sept 2011
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