A total of 13 drug trafficking cases were busted by border police in Lincang City, Yunnan province over the week-long national holiday, even one involving the usually unfailing “heroin-in-the-bra” disguise.
In a case from last Wednesday, the first day of the national holiday, an SUV pulled over about 100 meters away from a checkpoint on the China-Myanmar boarder. The driver apparently fled into a nearby sugarcane field in Myanmar, and 10 kg of heroin was later found in the car, Xinhua said.
Here’s a clever one: on October 7, the final day of Golden Week, a truck driver reported to police that a metal box had been attached to his truck with a magnet. Inside the box, police found a GPS tracker and 2.5 kg of heroin.
In other cases, some suspects attempted to sneak in drugs disguised as tea—a common coverup for trafficked items—and one case saw smugglers stashing the goods in their bras.
Drug abuse is rampant in Yunnan, so much that the provincial capital Kunming has been dubbed the “HIV capital of China“. Yunnan is also the province hit worst by drug trafficking. Heroin flows into the region daily through Vietnam, Burma and Laos. In 2012 alone, border police nabbed over 2,800 suspects in 2,458 drug cases, seizing around 4.95 tons of narcotics.
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