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Yunnan worst hit by drug trafficking in China

February 26, 2013

source  xinhuanet 26.02.2013

KUNMING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) — Drug trafficking in southwest China’s Yunnan Province remains a major problem after border police seized nearly five tonnes of narcotics in 2012, provincial border police said Tuesday.

Border police in Yunnan captured 2,820 suspects in 2,458 drug cases, seizing a total of 4.95 tonnes of narcotics last year, up 43 percent compared with 3.45 tonnes in 2011.

The drugs seized by border police accounted for 31 percent of the province’s total last year. It was also more than 80 percent of the country’s total of narcotics seized by border police.

Narcotics from abroad have been smuggled into Yunnan via multiple channels such as land, water and air transport in addition to postal services in recent years, said a provincial border police officer.

Yunnan, which has a 4,060-km-long border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, suffers from the notorious international drug source of the “Golden Triangle.”

In 2011, Yunnan seized 13.6 tonnes of narcotics in total, up 45.3 percent year on year. The drugs included 7.7 tonnes of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”, and 4.9 tonnes of heroin, which accounted for 60 percent and 70 percent of the country’s total respectively.

Police in southwest China’s Yunnan Province announced Monday that they have detained a drug trafficker from Myanmar and confiscated 14.9 kilograms of heroin.

The suspect was caught carrying 29 packages of heroin while crossing the China-Myanmar border in Gengma county in the city of Lincang at 11:35 p.m. on Sunday, a spokesman with the Lincang Public Security Bureau said.

The 32-year-old suspect confessed that she brought drugs across the border before being caught, the spokesman said.

Police are further investigating the case.

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