Massive drug bust in Shanghai

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Following a US tip-off, Chinese police have seized US$6.5 million worth of cocaine at Shanghai port, amounting to one of the country’s biggest drug busts in recent years.

According to the official news agency Xinhua, police were informed by US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials about a suspect shipping container from Peru.

Xinhua reported yesterday: ‘By analysing phone messages and emails of a Mexican drug cartel member who had been murdered, the DEA said the container would arrive in Shanghai on August 18, from where it would be put on board a ship destined for New Zealand.’

Xinhua’s report said that China’s public security ministry said it had “in recent years strengthened cooperation with foreign agencies including the DEA.”

Drugs that are illegally imported into China often come through its lax southern borders around the Mekong River. But instances of cocaine entering from South America have been on the rise.

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