Triad Schoolboy

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By Damian Grammaticas in Hong Kong

Eleven schoolboys have been arrested in Hong Kong for helping a local triad crime syndicate sell drugs and counterfeit videos.

The arrests highlight concern in the territory that triads have been recruiting boys as young as 12 or 13 years old.

Police detained the boys after an undercover officer posed as a pupil at a school in the territory to infiltrate the group.

A total of 25 people, including the schoolboys, were arrested in a series of raids over the weekend.

Drug couriers

In the operation codenamed Quicksand, a Hong Kong police officer went undercover and enrolled in a local school posing as a 15-year-old student.
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Hong Kong police describe him as young looking.

From September, he gathered intelligence while attending classes.

He was recruited by students at the school who were part of a triad-organised crime gang.

It is alleged the gang used students as young as 13 to act as couriers delivering drugs.

They also sold pirated video compact discs and took part in confrontations with rival triad gangs.

Ecstasy seized

Two of those arrested in the raid are said to be key members of the triad.

Drugs including ketamine and ecstasy were seized.

There has been concern in recent months that the triads are recruiting young boys at an early age when they can be influenced easily by their peers at school to join the syndicates.

The boys then find themselves trapped in a world of violence and criminality.

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