Anti-triad operation nets over 1,800

AFP-JIJI

Police said Friday they have arrested more than 1,800 people during anti-triad raids for crimes including illegal gambling and drug offenses.

Almost 40 million Hong Kong dollars ($5.1 million) in drugs and illicit goods was seized during the monthlong operation.

Hong Kong police will combat “triad personalities and their activities” by “confiscating proceeds of crime through intelligence-led and undercover operations and investigations,” said Kwok Ho-fai, chief superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau.

The raids were part of a combined operation by Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong police.

A total of 1,813 people — 987 men and 826 women — ages 12 to 95 years old, were arrested.

Police also seized HK$34 million ($4.3 million) worth of drugs including cocaine, ketamine and methamphetamine during the operation, held between July 23 and Thursday.