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Hong Kong authorities have confiscated more than one tonne of cocaine, worth at least HK$1 billion (US$127.9 million), in the first half of this year, including 421kg captured by customs – most of which was bound for Australia on a private jet.

The police said in a statement yesterday that the 1,014kg seized this year was the biggest haul in the city since records began in 2003, and nearly three times the 355kg that ­customs and police ­uncovered in the same period last year.


More than 40 per cent of this year’s seized cocaine came from a major bust of a Balkan drug cartel by Hong Kong customs officials working with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).

The operation – code named “Familia” – started with Hong Kong customs officers arresting five men and grabbing 421kg of cocaine in three cases in April. The cocaine taken in the three operations had been shipped to the city from South America.

The press conference to announce the Balkan drug cartel bust in Croatia on Thursday.

“The investigation revealed that the Balkan traffickers were not only operating in Europe and South America, where they prepared flights from one continent to another between 2018 and 2019, but also in Asia, where they facilitated and coordinated maritime trafficking of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, mostly in Hong Kong and Macau,” Europol said in a statement.

The details of the operation were announced on Thursday in a press conference in Croatia attended by Hong Kong law enforcement agents.

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