Macau | Body scan for drug detection to be set up at local HMZB checkpoint - Police head

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge local border checkpoint will be equipped with X-ray body scanners for drug detection, the head of police has announced

Macau (MNA) – X-ray body scanning technology will be set up at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) local border checkpoint with the purpose of detecting drugs, according to Judiciary Police (PJ) Director Sit Chong Meng.

During a speech at the 2018 PJ Day celebrations on Wednesday evening, the head of police said crimes related to drug trafficking have declined since last year, not just in the number of cases but also the number of people involved, a drop he attributed to the PJ’s improvement in detecting drugs.

This improvement was attributed to the installation of a Drug Investigation Division in Mong Ha last September in order to increase efficiency in response to cases occurring in adjacent regions or at new border posts, as well as the implementation of body X-ray scan technology since the end of 2017 at the Taipa Ferry terminal.

The same technology will now be applied at the HMZB artificial island checkpoint.

‘The acceleration of regional integration is driven by the fact that the HMZB will be completed soon and with the Macau SAR taking an active role in the Greater Bay Area, which brings endless opportunities, this also leads inevitably to new challenges to public order,’ the head was quoted as saying in the official statement release.

Police authorities were also said to have improved their data collecting capacity to fight new methods of drug trafficking, with the PJ head mentioning two cases of drug trafficking detected at the Macau International Airport in September 2017, which resulted in MOP10 million (US$1.23 million)-worth of cocaine being apprehended, and the first apprehension case of a Kath shipment in the city in May.

The PJ Director also stated that Macau police authorities had registered 35 cases of criminal association between January and May, down 10 per cent yearly, with these infractions mainly constituting cases of ‘loan sharking, fraud, assistance to illegal immigration and underground broadcasting stations.’