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8 foreigners busted in Beijing drugs raid

(Xinhua)    13:33, May 09, 2015
A suspected member of the 'Freedom Fighters', second from right, is arrested. Police have busted a gang of foreigners living in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province and arrested 18 suspects. Dubbed the "Freedom Fighters", the gang was formed in 2009 and has recruited more than 20 members so far. [Photo/Weibo]

BEIJING - Beijing police have detained eight foreign nationals on suspicion of drug use and trafficking, they announced on Friday.

Police confiscated 37.64 grams of drugs, including 4 grams of marijuana, 31.71 grams of methamphetamine and 1.93 grams of heroin, from three suspects who came from the United States, Sierra Leone and Mali, respectively.

The three have been arrested for drug trafficking or illegal possession of drugs.

The other five suspects, from New Zealand and the United States, have been detained for drug-taking and providing a venue for other drug users.

Six of the eight suspects tested positive for marijuana, and all of them confessed their offenses, according to police.

The arrests were made in the city's Chaoyang District in April after police received public tip-offs about drug abuse involving foreign nationals in an international school.

Drug trafficking is a felony in China. Those convicted of trafficking more than 50 grams of heroin can face capital punishment.

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