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Police break up ticket scalping ring

CITY railway police said yesterday that they have broken up a major rail ticket scalping racket, as the Spring Festival rush approaches.

A major suspect, surnamed Luo, was detained yesterday, officers said.

Police seized 50 tickets worth nearly 20,000 yuan (US$3,036) from Luo. Some of the tickets are among the most popular ones sold in the city, police said.

The case was exposed as a scalper, surnamed Zheng, was nabbed last Thursday.

Police were tipped off that he would sell a ticket from Shanghai to northeastern China's Shenyang City to a desperate passenger. The 401 yuan ticket was sold at 580 yuan, police said.

Police found another eight tickets on Zheng.

Zheng told police he bought the tickets online from a so-called travel agency which also runs advertisements on a number of websites. After investigations, police found the scapler's den in an office building in Putuo District.

Luo was nabbed at 2:43pm on Saturday when he was about to take a batch of tickets to the building, police said.

He hired people to line up in cities in the Yangtze River Delta to buy tickets for services departing from Shanghai. Then Luo would take these to the city and sell them to passengers at prices much higher than their face value.


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