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Thursday, September 22, 2016, 21:10

Crime sweep nets thousands in HK, Macao and mainland

By Wang Yuke

Police arrested more than 2,100 people and seized drugs and illicit goods worth about HK$72 million during a tripartite anti-crime joint operation mounted by the Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao police authorities between July 22 and Sept 21.

At a press conference on Thursday, Senior Superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau Brian Lowcock said the police conducted searches on some 3,500 locations including discos, amusement game centers, massage establishments, nightclubs and residential units.

A total of 2,120 people were arrested for various offenses, including triad-related offenses, drug offenses, managing vice establishments, breach of conditions of stay, illegal gambling, criminal damage, wounding, and possessing and publishing of obscene articles.

The arrested persons included 1,247 men and 873 women aged between 13 and 79. Among them, 357 were from the mainland.

During the operation, police seized dangerous drugs and psychotropic drugs worth about HK$62 million, including cannabis, ketamine, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and midazolam.

Six males arrested on Sept 4 – the day the Legislative Council election was held in Hong Kong – on suspicion of threatening a candidate on the campaign trail were taken into custody with an investigation underway. They were released on bail on Thursday. The motives behind the threats are yet to be made clear, said Li Kwai-wah, acting senior superintendent of Crime New Territories North.

Lowcock said that Hong Kong police will continue to maintain close liaison and exchange intelligence with the mainland and Macao police authorities, with a view to interdicting cross-boundary triad activities to uphold the public confidence in law and order.

Captions: (Photos by Wang Yuke / China Daily)

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Police seized drugs and illicit goods worth about HK$72 million and arrested over 2,100 people during a tripartite anti-crime joint operation codenamed “Thunderbolt 16”, mounted by the Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau police authorities between July 22 and Sept 21.

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Senior Superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau Brian Lowcock said at a press conference on Thursday that the police authorities of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have spared no effort to combat triad activities and organized crime syndicates. He said the tripartite joint efforts will continue to interdict cross-boundary triad activities to uphold the public confidence in law and order.

jenny@chinadailyhk.com

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