Hong Kong police have made 2,320 arrests in an operation against organised crime, seizing cash, drugs and illegal goods worth around HK$390 billion. They also seized bookmaking records worth around HK$3.6 billion in a joint, intelligence-led operation with Guangdong and Macau authorities.

Police said in a press release on Monday that Operation Thunderbolt 2021 took place in two phases between June 6 and the end of August: “The police authorities of Hong Kong, Guangdong, and Macao have spared no effort to combat triad activities and organised crimes, especially cross-boundary syndicates.”

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Around 2,000 locations were searched, including games centres, cybercafés, party rooms, residences and bars.

“Hong Kong Police also smashed various illegal gambling establishments, vice establishments and drug distribution centres,” the statement said.

A total of 1,616 men and 704 women, aged between 11 and 84, were arrested on suspicion of triad-related and drug-related offences, robbery, illegal immigration, illegal gambling, bookmaking, criminal damage, blackmail, wounding and possession of offensive weapons, police said.