Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!
POLICE uncovered the biggest alleged international ketamine smuggling ring in China since 1949 and seized 1,010 kilograms of the narcotic, a Ministry of Public Security spokesman said yesterday.
The smuggling operation was uncovered on September 19 by a joint police effort from the provinces of Shandong and Guangdong, as well as officers in Hong Kong. The operation was coordinated by the Ministry of Public Security, Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the anti-narcotics bureau of the ministry, said in Beijing.
Guangdong police received information in July that an international drug trafficking gang planned to smuggle more than one ton of ketamine from India to the Chinese mainland.
The drug was hidden in 700 barrels of chemical material. It was transported from Mumbai, India, to Yantai, Shandong, via Singapore and South Korea. The smugglers planned to transport the drug to Guangdong for sale.
Police detained six suspects in Yantai and seized 1,010kg of ketamine and 80,000 yuan of illicit funds.
Three major suspects confessed they planned to use Yantai as a new base for smuggling drugs into the mainland.
One of the major suspects, Kung Ka-sam, a Canadian Chinese, remains at large. The ministry contacted the International Criminal Police Organization to issue an order to arrest Kung, Liu said.
He said drug traffickers usually smuggle drugs to the Chinese mainland via Guangdong, Fujian or Yunnan Province.
Since police stepped up on drug smuggling patrols in those region, smugglers sought new channels in northern China, Liu said.