43 kilograms of methamphetamine was discovered in two warehouses raided by the police earlier this week, Shanghai Daily reports.
The meth was discovered by Shanghai police after they identified a car suspected of being used to transport the drug back in July. After trailing members of the group from Monday to Wednesday, the police raided the Pudong warehouse. 350,000 RMB was confiscated along with the drugs.
The drug found in Wednesday’s raid “was of an extremely high purity at 80 percent, compared with the usual 25 to 70 percent in other drug trafficking cases.”
This raid is further evidence of meth’s ever-increasing popularity in China. In fact, seizures of methamphetamine pills increased in China increased by 25 per cent from 2012 to 2011, totaling 102 million pills.
As we reported in September 2012, much of China’s meth originates in North Korea.
Methamphetamines in northeastern China usually comes from North Korea. It’s unclear whether Korean bingdu is produced by organized crime gangs or if the Korean government is directly involved.
Six people have been taken into custody in connection with the drug bust. According to authorities, the group was made up of an organizer, surnamed Wu, a driver surnamed Cao and four others who contacted buyers.
With China’s notoriously strict capital punishment for drug traffickers and recent crackdowns by authorities, we don’t think there will be any Breaking Bad style plot twists in the group’s future.