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More drugs smuggled via parcel services

International express deliveries have become a major channel for international drug syndicates to smuggle narcotics into China, Shanghai customs said today.

Customs officials at the Pudong International Airport seized about 27 kilos of various drugs hidden in 15 international parcels in the first 11 months of this year. The number was slightly higher than last year's total, meaning a record increase this year.

"Drug traffickers are getting more and more cunning. They hid the drugs in thick and seamless objects so the X-ray machines can't detect them," said Cao Chen, deputy director of the Express Delivery Supervision Department of the airport customs.

Cao said the volume of international express deliveries via Shanghai had surged in the past decade. Last year, 36.35 million express deliveries passed through Shanghai customs, about five times the volume of 2002, averaging about 100,000 items a day.


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