Il­le­gal drugs go up in smoke in Guang­dong

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@chi­

Many res­i­dents in Hu­men town­ship at the mouth of the Pearl River in Guang­dong prov­ince cheered when more than 240 kilo­grams of seized drugs were burned in a grand cer­e­mony on Thurs­day morn­ing, mark­ing the In­ter­na­tional Day Against Drug Abuse and Il­licit Traf­fick­ing.

The drugs, which were burned at the square of the Hu­men Sea Bat­tle Mu­seum, in­cluded 100 kg of ke­tamine, 125 kg of metham­phetamine and 17 kg of heroin.

All the drugs were seized by Dong­guan po­lice in a spe­cial cam­paign in the past few months, ac­cord­ing to the Dong­guan nar­cotics con­trol com­mis­sion on Thurs­day.

“The event shows the city’s con­fi­dence and de­ter­mi­na­tion to crack down on drugs and drug-re­lated crimes,” said Li Chun­sheng, deputy gover­nor of Guang­dong.

Li, who is also di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Guang­dong’s depart­ment of pub­lic se­cu­rity and di­rec­tor of its nar­cotics con­trol com­mis­sion, joined more than 2,000 of­fi­cials, vol­un­teers, jour­nal­ists and res­i­dents at the drug-burn­ing cer­e­mony.

The event was also held to com­mem­o­rate Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911) im­pe­rial en­voy Lin Zexu, who is re­garded as a na­tional hero in his fight against the opium scourge fu­eled by Bri­tish and other for­eign traders based in Guang­dong’s provin­cial cap­i­tal, Guangzhou.

“Fight­ing drugs and dru­gre­lated crimes is a long-term, tough task,” Li said at the cer­e­mony.

“Po­lice across the prov­ince will re­dou­ble their ef­forts to crack down on the crimes to en­sure a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for lo­cal res­i­dents, tourists and in­vestors,” he said.

Guang­dong au­thor­i­ties have burned a to­tal of 16.9 met­ric tons of drugs since the be­gin­ning of the month, Li said.

Dong­guan, where Lin burned 1.15 mil­lion kg of opium on June 3, 1839, has be­come a ma­jor the­ater in Guang­dong’s anti-drug war, ac­cord­ing to the city’s nar­cotics con­trol com­mis­sion.

Guo Shaobo, deputy di­rec­tor­gen­eral of Guang­dong’s depart­ment of pub­lic se­cu­rity, said the prov­ince has achieved marked progress in fight­ing drugs and drug-re­lated crimes in a provincewide anti-drug cam­paign that was launched last Au­gust.

Guang­dong po­lice, to­gether with pub­lic se­cu­rity units in Yun­nan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Fu­jian prov­inces, seized 375 kg of ke­tamine, 40 kg of co­caine and more than 20,000 ec­stasy pills dur­ing the op­er­a­tions.

Guo Shengkun, head of the Na­tional Nar­cotics Con­trol Com­mis­sion, has called for a “people’s war” to stop the spread of drugs, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Guo made the re­marks as he in­spected drug-con­trol op­er­a­tions in Bei­jing com­mu­ni­ties on Wed­nes­day.

Guo said he wanted var­i­ous mem­bers of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity work­ers, to help with drug con­trol, ed­u­ca­tion and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of ad­dicts. Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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