A Nanjing woman has been arrested after flaunting 2 grams of heroin to a plainclothes police officer while attempting to flirt on a train.
The 20 year old woman, surnamed Du, was aboard a train heading to Shanghai when she struck up conversation with the man in the next seat. Plainclothes police officer Xiao Wang sheepishly participated in the conversation, which involved seedy details of Du’s extravagant nightlife. The well-dressed Du spoke of the great food and fine liquors provided in the hottest nightclubs, but apparently felt like Xiao still didn’t think she was cool enough. She proceeded to pull a bag of heroin from her designer bag (if this doesn’t impress him, nothing will), and Xiao subsequently excused himself to text his colleagues. The officer returned to Du’s seat, apprehended her, and took her away for questioning.
Du’s nasty habit is part of China’s substantial drug problem, and the nation’s current hard-core substance of choice is actually not heroin, but meth. Du’s drugs likely came from the infamous Golden Triangle, a mountainous region of Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. Pressure from Beijing has slowed down the production and inflow of drugs into China over last decade, but the lucrative trade persists as Chinese demand grows.
Drug trafficking is not taken lightly by Chinese authorities, and many people (including foreigners) have been executed for carrying large quantities of illicit drugs, such as heroin and meth. Du had only a small amount of heroin and this was her first offense, so she’ll likely get to keep her head. However, her confounding audacity (and/or terrible flirting skills) will certainly earn her some time behind bars.