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Customs reports drugs on the rise

CHINA'S customs has seized about 400 kilograms of drugs and more than four tons of raw materials since the beginning of the year.

Customs officials handled 198 cases of drugs or raw material smuggling in the first half, up 15.9 percent from a year ago, Xinhua news agency reported today.

A total of 278 suspects were seized in this year's operations carried out to prevent an "invasion" from overseas drug traffickers.

The number of drug smuggling cases and the amount of drugs seized have surged 12 percent and 14 percent respectively since 2008, according to China customs.

Customs officials at Urumqi Diwobao International Airport seized 36.65 kilograms of heroin hidden in carpets in March 2008.
A year later, Shanghai customs discovered 100 kilograms of marijuana in two suitcases, according to Xinhua.

Customs officers have launched several raids on drug trafficking.

Officers in Guangdong Province collaborated with their Hong Kong peers at the beginning of 2008, seizing 51 suspects and 133.5 kilograms of drugs, 200 liters of materials and 3.1 million yuan (US$ 453,500) worth of drug money.

The joint operations also destroyed two domestic drug distribution networks and five drug storage or manufacturing centers.


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