Hong Kong police arrest 6400 people in triads crackdown

Police in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau have targeted organised crime as part of a joint operation.

Police in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau have targeted organised crime as part of a joint operation. Photo: AP

More than 6000 people have been arrested and cash, dangerous drugs and illicit goods worth $HK410 million ($82.2 million) has been seized in a crackdown on organised crime in Hong Kong.

The “Thunderbolt 2023” joint operation by police in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau was conducted between June 12 and September 21.

The operation was aimed at combating the illegal activities of triad societies and organised crime syndicates, neutralising cross-boundary crimes and interdicting the criminals’ source of income, the Hong Kong police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The semi-autonomous city’s Immigration Department, the Customs and Excise Department, the Fire Services Department and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department also took part in the operation.

Some 83,000 agents conducted raids at more than 3000 locations and dismantled numerous illegal establishments including gambling dens, unlicensed bars and loan-shark companies, police said.

A total of 4115 men and 2285 women aged between 10 and 85 years have been detained for triad-related or organised crimes including causing injuries, blackmail, possession of weapons, operating illegal gambling establishments, human trafficking for prostitution and drug trafficking.

The Hong Kong police also seized several illegal items including gambling tools, weapons, $US12 million ($19 million) cash suspected to be proceeds of criminal activities, and dangerous drugs worth more than $US350 million ($547 million) including cannabis, ketamine, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.


Topics: Hong Kong
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