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UPDATED: 08:38, June 22, 2007
China captures more than 200 kilogram heroin in first half of 2007
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China Customs had seized 229 kilograms of heroin and detained 180 drug trafficking suspects by June 15 this year, said the General Administration of Customs on Thursday.

A drug control official said the customs had investigated 165 drug trafficking cases, up 81 percent on the corresponding period of last year.

Although there is a decline in cases involving large amounts of drugs, smugglers are "breaking up their booty into smaller parts", said the official.

In the most recent case, the drug smugglers had pretended to be tourists and had the drugs in their luggage, said the official, adding that narcotics smuggling was on the rise.

The official said south China's Guangdong Province was prone to drug trafficking because more and more drugs were smuggled from the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran border area.

The official revealed that Chinese customs have strengthened cooperation with foreign customs agencies to fight drug smuggling.

In April, China Customs invited experts from the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand and Hong Kong to discuss future joint action to combat cross-border drug crimes.

China's State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang last week called for reinforced anti-drug efforts to strengthen achievements in fighting heroin and curbing the spread of new types of drugs such as ecstasy and "ice".

"Effective measures should be taken to prevent poisonous chemicals, clinical narcotics and mental illness drugs from finding their way into illegal channels," said Zhou, also director of China's National Narcotics Control Commission.

Source: Xinhua


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