Chinese border police step up crackdown on drug, smuggling

KUNMING: Chinese border police in southwestern Yunnan Province near the Myanmar border have in recent years stepped up crackdown on drug and smuggling cases, yielding positive results.

Within this year, police in Yunnan have seized 42.4 million yuan (US$6mil) worth of smuggled goods and more than 2,100 kg of drugs as of March 8, according to local authorities.

On Feb. 21, police seized 14.4kg of methamphetamine in five boxes of packages in Menghai County, the China-Myanmar border prefecture of Xishuangbanna.

Four days later, another cross-border drug transportation case was cracked in Menghai County with 32.9kg of opium seized.

On Feb. 18, Maguan police seized 198 boxes of smuggled frozen chicken feet worth more than 300,000 yuan.

Police have also intercepted more than 6,000 illegal entries and exits.

Yunnan is a major front in China's battle against drug crime, as it borders the Golden Triangle known for its rampant drug production and trafficking. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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