HK police arrest 91 in anti-triad operation

21:21, June 22, 2010      

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HK police have arrested 91 people aged between 16 and 79 during an undercover operation dubbed "Arrowroot", which started in February this year against the local gang group Triad, a police spokesperson said Tuesday.

During the operation, officers raided a number of locations and arrested 54 men and 37 women, for various offenses including trafficking in dangerous drugs, bookmaking, unlawful money lending, and possession of offensive weapons among others, the spokesperson said.

Thirteen men and three women are still being detained while 41 men and 34 women have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Police also seized about 350,000 HK dollars of cash, stacks of betting slips, contraband cigarettes, choppers and a machete. In addition, about 7.5 grams of suspected No. 4 heroin and 12 Midazolam tablets worth about 4,500 HK dollars were seized.

The spokesperson urged the public not to borrow money from loan sharks so as to avoid falling into debt, and not to take part in illegal gambling activities, saying the consequences are not only "financial losses arising from gambling, but also contravening of the Gambling Ordinance with a fine of up to 30,000 HK dollars and imprisonment for up to nine months if convicted."

Source: Xinhua


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