With help from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Shanghai police seized 70kg of cocaine that was smuggled in from Peru via shipping container. The load, worth approximately 39 million RMB on the street, was the largest amount confiscated by Chinese authorities in recent years, SCMP reports.
Shanghai officials had reportedly been tipped off by the DEA about the shipment. Xinhua reports, “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.” The tip-off marks a growing collaboration between US and Chinese drug enforcement agencies – which may become more and more essential in the future. China’s emerging wealth has made it a hub for international cartels trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine, the drug of choice among China’s youth looking to get ‘Shang-high.’
Fortunately, authorities have clamped down on narcotics in recent months, busting a number of celebrities for drug possession, most notably Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee and teary-eyed Taiwan actor, Kai Kuo. Beijing authorities have also implemented random piss tests at popular bars. Earlier this month, a raid at 2 Kolegas, a popular pub, saw 30 suspects detained, including ten expats, five of whom were allegedly deported.
However, cooperation with the DEA might be necessary if they want to get to the “eye of the blizzard,” so to speak.