Wealthy Chinese teen held over £350k PSNI drug op in London


The 19-year-old who was arrested in Kensington by Northern Irish police has been named as Tong Lu, a wealthy Chinese national whose parents are also being treated as suspects.

The teenager, daughter of hospital owners, is accused of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, concealing criminal property and encouraging or assisting others into committing offences.

She was detained at her home at the weekend as part of a growing PSNI £350,000 cannabis investigation against drugs importation to Northern Ireland.

“Police believe her parents, who are also suspects in this investigation, currently reside there where they have significant assets in the multi-million pound bracket,” said one detective opposing the bail application.

“They own property and could provide means for travel for this applicant.”

Lu is the third woman to be charged since cannabis was discovered during raids in Belfast, Larne and Co Down earlier in the month.

She is currently working in London for the summer, before returning to Manchester in September to resume her studies.

Neither of Lu’s parents has as yet been charged with any offence, but the detective has claimed that although no drugs or false identity papers were found at Lu’s Iverna Gardens home her bank account had been subject to highly irregular activity.

As yet several people who had lodged money into an account connected to her have yet to be identified, but the detective confirmed that one week last month around £50,000 had been lodged into the account.

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