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Dealers sold meth at local bars

A RING peddling the highly addictive drug methamphetamine, also known as ice, in Shanghai's crowded bars has been busted by police.

Police said yesterday that seven members of the ring had been caught and will face charges soon.

Police began tracking the ring late last year, when officers found the drug was being sold secretly at downtown bars. The meth was supplied mainly by the ring leader, surnamed Li, who transported it from southern China's Guangdong Province.

Shanghai police closed the net on a March night when the Li and other dealers were stopped at expressways leading to the city and at their homes. Police seized 6.5 kilograms of meth.

Anti-drug authorities and researchers worry that Shanghai is becoming a transit location for drug dealers.

The drugs go inland or overseas from here, said Su Zhiliang, a professor with Shanghai Normal University, a longtime researcher on drug issues.

Police also said yesterday that they broke their biggest drug case this year, after a nine-month investigation.

Police said they caught 21 suspects involved in the production, transportation and selling of drugs. A total 181 kilograms of drugs were confiscated.

The group, based also in Guangdong Province, maintained a tight organization, according to police.


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