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Police cunning nabs gang of ice dealers

RESIDENTS in Songjiang District's Yage Garden heard what they thought were firecrackers on the afternoon of May 8. They didn't realize a drugs bust was going down.

On the night of May 7, Pudong New Area police received a tip-off that a gang would be buying two kilograms of methamphetamine, or "ice." Ten narcotics officers were deployed outside a three-story villa in the complex.

At 1:30pm on the 8th, a car drew up and a man entered the villa.

"We were expecting several different suppliers," said the unit's commander, who refused to be named. "The perfect time to nab them had not yet arrived."

Sure enough, the gang dispatched a white SUV to pick up another ice supplier about half an hour later.

About 2:30pm, two plainclothes officers parked outside the villa and pretended their car had broken down. Minutes later, the SUV returned and two men got out. When they opened the door of the villa, the officers rushed in after them and wrestled them to the ground. More officers stormed the property and found a locked door on the second floor.

The commander broke it down and saw a man on the room's balcony. "Put down your weapon, I shouted and fired a warning shot," the commander said.

The suspect raised a rifle. The unit commander fired again and shot the man dead. He was later confirmed to be the main suspect.

Four suspects were later escorted out of the villa. After searching a car outside, police found 2kg of ice.

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