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More than 70 kilograms of meth and cannabis discovered in shipment of ceiling tiles from Toronto

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Drug bust valued at nearly $4 million reportedly prompts Hong Kong authorities to co-ordinate with Canadian counterparts

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An almost $4 million drug bust is sparking joint coordination from Hong Kong and Canadian authorities.

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According to the South China Morning Post, 34 kilograms of meth and 38 kg of cannabis were discovered in a recent shipment of 57 piles of ceiling tiles. Authorities report the tiles were hollowed-out in the centre and the drugs were hidden inside.

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  1. “The proposal will not affect the current mechanism to allow research related to cannabis compounds as well as the registration and use of CBD pharmaceutical products.” /

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  2. Police believe the cannabis was intended for local distribution. 

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According to Hong Kong officials, the bust is in line with a growing trend as shipments from Canada of crystal meth, or methamphetamine, have been increasing recently.

Though most of the busts have been found in air parcels, the latest seizure was found in a consignment that was shipped by sea.

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Authorities followed the consignment as it was delivered to a warehouse and later picked up by a 40-year-old truck driver. Plain-clothes customs officers in unmarked vehicles followed the truck.

After arriving in a remote hillside area, another man, aged 38, turned up and the two men began unwrapping the cargo.

The police then moved in and arrested the duo on suspicion of drug trafficking. They face up to life in jail and a HK$5 million fine (about $862,000).

Police report the investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

In 2019, an agreement was signed between the Canada Border Services Agency and customs and excise of Hong Kong to work together on a number of issues, including cannabis smuggling.

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As part of that agreement, Canadian customs took extra steps to remind travellers at checkpoints about differing cannabis laws and by participating in informational exchanges with Hong Kong regarding smuggling.

The agreement was signed a few months after authorities in Hong Kong reported a 500 per cent increase in drug confiscations and pointed a finger at Canada, noting a surge in cannabis confiscations after federal legalization was implemented. Authorities also argued that legalization had changed the perception of cannabis in Hong Kong.

Next month, new regulations are set to take effect in Hong Kong that will treat CBD the same way as heroin and cocaine. Trafficking and manufacturing of CBD will be punishable by up to life imprisonment, while possession and consumption will be subject to as long as seven years’ imprisonment.

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In preparation for the change, CBD disposal boxes were placed at 10 government premises in October and will remain in place until the end of January.

The amendments to both the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and the Control of Chemicals Ordinance will come into effect Feb. 1, 2023, and will reportedly “not affect the current mechanism to allow research related to cannabis compounds as well as the registration and use of CBD pharmaceutical products.”

“The amendments aim to deter the trafficking and abuse of these dangerous drugs and substances. This will help fortify Hong Kong’s defence in the fight against drugs,” said a Security Bureau spokesperson.

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