Date
21 January 2017
Mainland smugglers put drugs into food packages and mailed them to the United States via Hong Kong. Photos: chinanews.com
Mainland smugglers put drugs into food packages and mailed them to the United States via Hong Kong. Photos: chinanews.com

Mainlanders arrested for mailing ketamine to the US

The Shenzhen customs department said it recently seized 24.36 kilograms of ketamine in a joint operation with narcotics departments from the United States and Hong Kong, the China News Service reported.

Shenzhen customs first intercepted and confiscated in August last year a package containing 2.9 kg of ketamine that was being mailed to a US address.

On Sept. 29, customs officers in Shenzhen seized another US-bound package with 5.92 kg of the drug.

Intelligence from Shenzhen customs led to the seizure of 7.5 kg of ketamine by Hong Kong customs.

Shenzhen customs then teamed up with US authorities to allow a suspicious mail package to be delivered to its destination in the US on Oct. 11.

US law enforcement officers arrested the recipient when she showed up to collect the parcel on Oct. 19.

The suspect was a Chinese woman, who disclosed the mobile numbers of two of her partners in crime from mainland China.

That information led to the arrest of a man in Fujian province suspected of being a key member of a drug ring active in Shenzhen, Guizhou province and Hong Kong.

Mainland authorities orchestrated two major crackdowns on the syndicate on Feb. 26 and April 18 this year, which were crucial in tearing apart a cross-border drug trafficking operation.

Over the last 12 months, Shenzhen authorities have seized a combined 111.3 kg of narcotics, including methamphetamine and ketamine, in 38 cases, the report said.

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