Drug gang sus­pects die in shootout Of­fi­cers in­jured in Yun­nan in­ci­dent

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY - By TANG YUE tangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Two drug sus­pects were killed in a shootout with po­lice and 330 kilo­grams of nar­cotics were con­fis­cated in the Yun­nan prov­ince in­ci­dent, China's Na­tional Nar­cotics Con­trol Com­mis­sion said on Wed­nes­day.

The two re­sisted ar­rest and ex­changed fire with po­lice in De­hong pre­fec­ture on Satur­day as they en­tered China from Myan­mar driv­ing two sport util­ity ve­hi­cles, the pre­fec­ture’s pub­lic se­cu­rity bureau said in a news re­lease. One of the sus­pects died at the scene and the other died at a hos­pi­tal, of­fi­cials said.

The sus­pects also used a grenade, the re­port by the coun­try's top anti-drug author­ity said. Two po­lice of­fi­cers were hurt, but the in­juries were not life-threat­en­ing, of­fi­cials said.

The seized drugs in­cluded heroin, metham­phetamine and opium, and a gun and 10 bul­lets also were con­fis­cated, of­fi­cials said.

Drug deal­ers are more ac­tive dur­ing hol­i­days like Spring Fes­ti­val since drug use tends to peak, said Liu Yue­jin, deputy head of the com­mis­sion.

There were 165,000 cases re­lat­ing to drug crimes, 194,000 sus­pects cap­tured and 102.5 tons of drugs seized in 2015, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent an­nual num­bers avail­able from theMin­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

China seized more than 750 mil­lion tons of drugs in the past decade, and pros­e­cuted more than a mil­lion drug crime cases, ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion.

China is un­der grow­ing pres­sure from drugss­mug­gled in from South­east Asia’s Golden Tri­an­gle, which is close to Yun­nan and where poppy cul­ti­va­tion con­tin­ues to flour­ish.

About 95 per­cent of the heroin seized in China in 2015 came from the Golden Tri­an­gle — a drug-pro­duc­ing area that over­laps the moun­tains of Myan­mar, Laos and Thai­land, data from the com­mis­sion in­di­cates.

A re­port last year by the United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime said that traf­fick­ing orig­i­nat­ing in the Golden Tri­an­gle area is in­creas­ing, mainly due to ris­ing lev­els of opium pro­duc­tion in­Myan­mar since 2006.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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