Shanghai police arrested 28 people and seized around 2.4 tons of methamphetamine during a raid in Guangdong province, making this the biggest drug bust ever by Shanghai cops.
Police raided a meth lab in Luhe village, Guangdong on January 30, Shanghai Daily reports.
Two tons of meth were found in liquid and solid state, and another 400 kilograms were in crystallization or “half-baked” state.
“We found three professional reactors which were used for producing meth in the factory, which is surprising because meth producers usually don’t even require a reactor,” An Wei, a police officer investigating the case, told Xinmin Evening News.
Police also said the factory could churn out more than 200 kilograms of meth daily and that the meth seized during the raid alone could yield hundreds of millions of yuan in the market.
It was the largest drug haul since 1949. Police said with the raid an important drug corridor between Guangdong and Shanghai was cut off.
Cops were clued in to the case by a drug dealer from Hunan city who was found to be constantly traveling between Guangdong and Shanghai for drug transactions. That led them to a gang of dealers from his hometown in Yiyang city who were getting meth from a Guangdong source.
The gang was transporting between 20 to 30 kilograms of meth from Guangdong to Shanghai a few times every month, leading cops to believe that there was a sizable factory producing the stuff there.
A dealer surnamed Tang was the first to be arrested after police intercepted him at the Fengjing toll station in Shanghai on January 20 with 40 kilos of meth on him. Tang led them to three others involved in the operation, including the ringleader and owner of the factory, a man surnamed Chen.
Police raided the factory and made their final arrests on January 30. During the raid, they also seized two guns, 11 bullets, four vehicles and a whopping 1.5 million yuan.
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