A drug manufacturing facility in Fanling was raided by Customs officers on Tuesday night. A 52-year-old suspect linked to the site was intercepted earlier in the day by officers from the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau during an anti-narcotics operation.

Officers searched his home and found around 500 grams of suspected cocaine and 250 grams of suspected crack cocaine, estimated to be worth around HK$1 million. A batch of suspected drug manufacturing and packaging tools were also discovered including an electronic scale, plastic bags, a rice cooker, and glassware.

The 52-year-old suspect was arrested by Customs officers. Photo: iCable News screenshot.

The case is still under investigation. The suspect was unemployed, according to Customs spokesperson.

Suspected drug manufacturing equipment. Photo: GovHK.

Customs will look into whether the man has triad affiliations, and will examine the source of – and distribution channels – for the drugs.

Customs believed that the narcotics were destined for entertainment venues in the Northern district, iCable News reported.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, the manufacturing and trafficking of dangerous drugs are serious offences. The maximum penalty of each offence is life imprisonment and a fine of up to HK$5 million.

Stanley Leung

Stanley is a Media and Communications graduate from Goldsmiths College in London. He takes particular interest in visual journalism, having produced photographic and video work on a number of social and political issues. He has also interned at the current affairs service of RTHK’s TV division.