Anti-drug Law and Law Enforcement

What are the Anti-drug Laws?

The Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134) controls over the dealing, possession, import, supply and manufacture of all narcotic drugs and nearly all psychotropic substances listed in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as amended by the Protocol of 1972 and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. The maximum penalty for major drug offences such as trafficking and manufacturing of dangerous drugs is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

Under Section (8) of the same Ordinance, any person has in his possession; or smoke, inhale, ingest or inject a dangerous drug shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction upon indictment to a fine of $1 million and, subject to section 54A, to imprisonment for 7 years; or on summary conviction to a fine of $100,000 and, subject to section 54A, to imprisonment for 3 years.

The Control of Chemicals Ordinance (Cap. 145) controls all chemicals listed in the 1988 UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. The maximum penalty is 15 years' imprisonment and a fine of $1 million.

The Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) Ordinance (Cap. 405) provides a legal basis for countering money laundering by allowing the authority to trace, confiscate and recover the proceeds of drug trafficking and to create offences relating to those proceeds or property.

Law Enforcement Efforts

Our law enforcement agencies have made a lot of efforts in stopping drug trafficking. Officers from the Police and the Customs are dedicated full time to law enforcement. The objectives of the efforts are to identify and prosecute drug traffickers and to make drug abuse as costly and difficult as possible.

In 2018, the Police and the Customs seized 49 kg of heroin, 118 kg of ketamine, 172 kg of methamphetamine ("ice") , 534 kg of cocaine, 486 kg of cannabis (including cannabis herbal, cannabis plants and cannabis resin) and a total of 57,271 ecstasy-type tablets.

During 2018, a total of 4,240 persons were arrested for drug offences, of whom 2,216 were arrested for serious drug offences such as drug manufacturing, trafficking or possession of large quantities of drugs and 2,024 persons were arrested for minor drug offences (e.g. possession of small amounts of drugs for self consumption).

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

Hong Kong Police Force Police Drug Reporting Hotline: 2527 1234
Customs and Excise Department 2545 6182

For suspected illegal sales by pharmacists, call

Department of Health 2572 2068

All reports are treated in strict confidence.

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