A Chinese man traveling on a train from Beijing to Tibet was reportedly caught smuggling heroin under his foreskin.
According to a report from The Telegraph, transport police considered the man to be acting suspiciously during a routine check on passengers travelling between Beijing and Lhasa.
The police subsequently asked the man to take a urine test, which tested positive for morphine. However, after a thorough inspection of the man’s clothes and belongings, no drugs were unveiled. It was not until the man endured a lengthy interrogation that he was persuaded to confess to carrying the illegal narcotics.
After his confession, he produced a small plastic wrap from his foreskin, which contained a tenth of a gram of heroin.
According to the report, this year the Beijing Railway Police have caught six people smuggling drugs between Beijing and Lhasa.
The government is in the midst of a sweeping crackdown on the drug trade in China. Despite having a deep history of heroin abuse in the poor countryside, other drugs such as crystal meth, known at bingdu or “ice”, are on the rise in rural areas.
President Xi Jinping called last year for “forceful measure to wipe [drugs] out”. Since October last year, more than 600,000 drug abusers in the country were “punished” and over 40 tonnes of illicit narcotics were seized. According to officials, this was a 45 percent increase on the year before.
However, fear of reprisal has caused some users to take more creative measures to conceal their narcotics.
In November, a drug dealer in Nanjing attempted to traffic a kilo of meth via his three-year-old son’s schoolbag. Two months before that, four girls aged 11 to 14 were caught trying to transport 1.39 kilograms of heroin hidden inside their bodies after being persuaded by an “unfamiliar auntie”.
By Freya Twigden