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Drug addicts stopped in tracks

SHANGHAI railway police have nabbed two addicts who carried illicit drugs and tried to be inconspicuous among a tour group that came to the city to visit the World Expo.

The addicts, two men aged in their 20s, were subject to short-term detention.

"They are not drug dealers," a police spokesman said yesterday.

"The amount they carried was relatively small, mostly for their own use."

The men were caught on Sunday about 2pm when a tour group from a Hangzhou train arrived at an exit gate of Shanghai South Railway Station.

Unlike everybody else, the two men did not wear any tour agency tags or hats, said a police officer, surnamed Sun.

"That really alerted me," Sun said.

He said individual visitors usually went through fast exits.

Sun questioned the pair after a tour guide said they were not the members of the group. The two claimed that they came from Zhejiang Province and were in Shanghai to see the Expo, police said.

Police found two small bags inside the men's bags. Heroin was discovered in one bag and "ice" in the other.

Officers said the two were doing business in Shanghai and bought the drugs out of town as city police tightened checks during the Expo period.

Passengers leaving or arriving in the city are subject to security checks at its two railway stations. More passengers are asked to show their IDs at entrances or exits.


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