Sat, Jan 04, 2014 - Page 6 News List

Chinese police use helicopters in massive drug bust

AP, BEIJING

Chinese authorities deployed helicopters, speedboats and paramilitary police to seize three tonnes of methamphetamine in a massive raid on a single southern village notorious for illegal drugs production.

Security forces on Sunday surrounded and then entered the village of Boshe, where more than a fifth of the households were suspected to be involved in or linked to the production and trafficking of drugs, Guangdong Province’s police force said on its Web site.

Police and paramilitary forces from four cities were mobilized and they arrested 182 suspects who worked for 18 large drug-making rings, the statement issued late on Thursday said.

“The village has made a criminal drug production a ‘clan-based, industrialized operation with local protection,’” police said. “The offenders have for a long time been brazenly committing crimes, avoiding investigations and even ganging up to violently oppose law enforcement.”

The Yangcheng Evening News says the raid involved 3,000 police officers who seized 3 tonnes of methamphetamine in the raid.

Boshe’s villagers have resisted authorities for years, blockading the village entrance with motorcycles when word of a raid spread.

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