Hong Kong police smash crime ring

  • 24 August 2013
  • From the section China
Hong Kong skyline (file pic June 2013)
Image caption Properties across Hong Kong were raided, along with businesses in Macau and Guangdong

Police in Hong Kong have arrested more than 1,800 people in a crackdown on the organised crime gangs known as triads.

They raided about 2,500 properties - including discos, massage parlours and nightclubs - in a month-long operation covering Macau and parts of mainland China, as well as Hong Kong.

Drugs, pornography and weapons were among the illegal goods seized with a street value of about $5m (£3.2m).

The triads are secret societies with deep roots in Chinese communities.

The undercover operation was code-named Thunderbolt 13.

Those arrested are reported to be between 12 and 95 years of age. They have been charged with various offences, including illegal gambling and money laundering.

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