Two Hongkongers were among five people arrested by law enforcement agencies from the mainland and Australia as they busted a cross-border drug syndicate and seized 100kg of crystal methamphetamine worth A$100 million (HK$590 million).
Guangdong police and customs were tipped off in November that the drug gang, which they believed to be headed by Hongkongers, would ship a haul of methamphetamine, or Ice, from the mainland to Australia.
In January, at the Yantian container port in Shenzhen, the authorities intercepted the haul concealed under the floor of a cargo container bound for Sydney.
Two people, including a mainlander and a man from Hong Kong, were arrested in Dongguan earlier this month.
The Hongkonger was said to be the sender while the mainlander was responsible for camouflaging the haul. Authorities removed the drugs before sending the container to Sydney.
Upon receiving an alert from their counterparts in China, the Australian authorities followed the consignment to an address in Revesby, a suburb 22km south-west of Sydney. A 22-year-old Fijian national was arrested after he received the consignment.
Two other men, a 38-year-old Australian and 42-year-old Hongkonger, were arrested later.
The trio held in Australia were later charged with drug importation offences. They were scheduled to appear at Sydney’s Central Local Court on April 26.
The law enforcement agencies from the two countries signed a joint anti-drug-operation deal in November 2015. Since the agreement, 150 drug dealers, 4,140kg of various drugs and 3,310kg of raw materials for drugs have been seized.