Cross-border drug smuggling: China-Burma

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Monday, February 16, 2009

China has something of a drugs problem.
Not that you would know it.

There's little evidence of drug use, compared to the West.

Sure, I've been in bars when joints are passed around (including one by a policeman). And in a nightclub I got offered a line of cocaine (but it was probably ketamin or horse tranquilizor).

China keeps a pretty tight lid on things and you are unlikely to encounter drug addicts or users during your travels in China. But clearly, some folk in China are into drugs. Or at least into making money from drugs.

Last week police smashed a drug ring of 17 members, involved in taking drugs from Myanmar - Burma - to China. They seized 5.2 kilograms of ketamine and ice worth 2.7 million yuan (395,118 U.S. dollars). Suspects were caught at Kunming rail station central China's Hubei Province, southwest China's Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.

The leader, get this, was female, and was handed in by the Myanmar police last month. Profit was the motive:

buy ice for 8 yuan in Myanmar
sell it for 80-100 in China

The drug running goes in the family. The woman's son, was sentenced to 18 years in jail for drug trafficking in 2008.
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