Chinese police identified a 50-year-old former chemistry professor from Shaanxi as being part of a gang that manufactured synthetic drugs to be sold across the country.
The former academic, identified by Shaanxi Television as Lu Yong, was among at least six others who’d been busted last May after authorities raided a Shaanxi manufacturing center and found 128kg of methcathinone, a drug similar to methamphetamine, as well as 2,000kg of ingredients for the drug, media reported yesterday.
Lu had “a set of recipes for producing methcathinone”, which he’d provided to the dealers. He’d “worked as a professor of chemistry at a university” in Xi’an before linking up with the gang leader surnamed Chen in 2013, according to AFP.
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A local detective told Shaanxi TV that Lu had “not only provided the recipes but also took part in selling the drugs” with Chen, who’d reportedly set up operations in Suiyuan county to distribute more than 1,980 pounds of the stuff in Shanghai and elsewhere.