Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Police say they have severely curtailed the activities of two triad syndicates with the arrest of 29 male suspects, including the alleged masterminds.
Officers raided an amusement game center in Yuen Long, where they seized eight slot machines that were used by gamblers to win money, along with more than HK$20,000 in cash and HK$70,000 worth of drugs.
The undercover operation was conducted by the North District anti-triad unit.
Police described the center as a gambling den where players could trade game points for cash at an exchange rate of 100 points for HK$1.
The machines are capable of paying out up to 100,000 points.
Senior Superintendent Terry Wong Kin-wah said the bust followed an eight-month undercover operation, codenamed Coldwind. More than 120 officers raided 27 locations across Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai on Sunday and Monday, arresting 29 suspects aged 14 to 69, including some students.
Police also seized knives, extendable batons and iron pipes, as well as cocaine and ketamine.
Six Pakistanis among those arrested are suspected members of the Wo Shing Wo triad, which is active in Yuen Long. They are believed to have been hired as enforcers for the triad gangs involved in a number of wounding cases and illegal gatherings in the district.
Other suspects are alleged members of the 14K triad society, active in Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai.
The New Territories North regional crime unit began investigating the gangs in March, deploying undercover officers to identify the gangsters and collect evidence.
“We have severely curtailed the activities of two triad syndicates, and have cut off their sources of illegal income," Wong said. “We believe we have the masterminds of the triad gangs, but we are still looking for other members."
Police said those arrested are suspecting of involvement in a number of wounding cases, drug- trafficking, operating gambling establishments and other triad-related crimes.
Most of the suspects were still being held for questioning last night, although no one had been charged, Wong said.