Beijing police announced on Friday that they have detained eight foreign nationals on suspicion of drug use and trafficking.
According to Caijing, the arrests were made in the city’s Chaoyang District last month after police received tip-offs from members of the public, including information gathered from the Facebook accounts of those involved, about drug abuse involving foreign nationals at an international school.
Police confiscated a total of 37.64 grams of drugs, including marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine from three suspects who came from the United States, Sierra Leone and Mali.
A further five suspects were detained for drug-taking and providing a venue for other drug users. Of the eight suspects, six tested positive for marijuana. All were reported to have confessed their offences to the police.
It goes without saying that Chinese authorities take a very dim view of drug-taking, and foreigners who choose do so face deportation or jail time. That, however, didn’t stop 16 aunties from using ketamine as a way to liven up an outing to a KTV establishment in January.
Those found to be trafficking more than 50 grams of heroin can face capital punishment.
By Dominic Jackson