Beijing police destroy nearly 500 kg of drugs

08:23, June 20, 2011      

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Police in Beijing incinerated nearly 500 kilograms of drugs on Sunday, prior to the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26.

The destroyed drugs, weighing 489.39 kilograms, were seized by Beijing police in 2008 and 2009, said Ma Guoyun, deputy director of the municipal narcotics control office.

The drugs, including heroin, ice (methamphetamine hydrochloride), cocaine and marijuana, would have been priced at about 260 million yuan (about 40.2 million U.S. dollars) in the black market, Ma said.

He said Beijing police incinerated the confiscated drugs every two years, during which the drugs were kept as core evidences for criminal cases.

"In the process, no toxic gas and wastes were created in the high-temperature incinerator we used," he added.

The move to destroy the drugs before the international anti-drug day was a demonstration of the police's zero tolerance policy on drug trafficking and dealing, said Jiang Liangdong, deputy head of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security.

Source: Xinhua
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