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  • Anti-drug Laws

According to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134), illegal dealing, possession, import, export, supply and manufacture of dangerous drugs under control are criminal offences. The relevant major offences are as follows -

Offence Maximum Penalty
Trafficking in or manufacture, etc. of dangerous drugs A fine of $5 million and life imprisonment
Trafficking in purported dangerous drugs A fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for 7 years
Illegal possession other than trafficking or consumption of dangerous drugs A fine of $1 million and imprisonment for 7 years

Besides, the Control of Chemicals Ordinance (Cap. 145) controls precursor chemicals that may be used for manufacturing drugs. The maximum penalty is 15 years' imprisonment and a fine of $1 million.

The Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) Ordinance (Cap. 405) provides for the tracing, confiscation and recovery of the proceeds of drug trafficking, so as to counter laundering of drug proceeds. The maximum penalty of laundering drug proceeds is 14 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $5 million; the relevant proceeds of drug trafficking can also be confiscated.

  • Law Enforcement Efforts

The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) and the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) are fully committed to enforcing the law and combating drug activities.

In 2022, HKPF and C&ED seized a total amount of around 66 300 kg of dangerous drugs. The amounts of certain major types of dangerous drugs seized are as follows:

Dangerous Drug Amount
Heroin 327 kg
Ketamine 838 kg
Methamphetamine ("Ice") 1 796 kg
Cocaine 2 271 kg
(including cannabis herbal, cannabis plants and cannabis resin)
2 673 kg
Ecstasy-type Drug 28 491 tablets

In 2022, the number of persons arrested for drug offences is as follows:

Drug Offence Number of Arrested Persons
All drug offences
(including serious and minor drug offences)
4 005
Serious drug offences
(e.g. drug manufacturing, trafficking or possession of large quantities of drugs)
2 075
Minor drug offences
(e.g. possession of small amounts of drugs for self consumption)
1 930

  • Report it!

    If you suspect that any person is a drug pusher or trafficker or that any premises are being used for manufacturing illegal drugs, call

    For suspected illegal sales of drugs, call

    All reports are treated in strict confidence.