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Forces target sex drug dealers

AUTHORITIES are teaming up to put an end to the illegal sex drug business happening on Fangbang Road in the Yuyuan Garden area, after media reports revealed that some pills could be potentially fatal to elderly people.

A joint law enforcement team has been set up by pooling officials from the urban management agency, the food and drug administration, the industry and commerce administration and the police.

The team will patrol the street every day, starting today, to crack down on illegal sex drugs and porn movies.

The campaign is planned to last up to six months, said an official with an urban management team, surnamed Yu.

A group of 20 sex drug dealers was spotted by Shanghai Daily reporters on Wednesday on the street near the City God Temple.

The dealers were selling sex enhancement drugs, mainly to elderly people, for 2 yuan (31 US cents) each, as well as porn movies. The pills are potentially fatal due to toxic ingredients, said one of the dealers.

Information on the drugs' packaging said they increase sexual stamina, but none have legal licenses and the producers are illicit companies.

Previously, urban management workers would conduct crackdown operations -independently, but a lack of law enforcement powers prevented them from punishing the vendors, who would even gather together to attack the team members.

An urban management team tracked down a -company on Xizang Road which was manufacturing the sex enhancement pills and a wholesale market on Tianmu Road where the drugs were sold.

However, the team did not have the legal powers required to shut them down.

An official from the city's industry and commerce administration said they went to the wholesale market on Tianmu Road "many times" and seized the illegal drugs, "but the problem always resurfaced" after they left.

An urban -management official said that in the past cases were often shifted from department to department with no effective action taken, a major reason for the continuing existence of the drug dealers on the street.

As a result of that situation, a decision was taken to create the joint enforcement team.


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