Drug plant busted; 18 suspects detained
Police in Liaoning province said on Thursday that they busted a drug plant and detained 18 suspects. The provincial public security department said police noticed some suspicious chemical materials being transported to a plant in a remote village in Tieling in April. An investigation confirmed that the drug manufacturing and transport ring involved around 20 people from Liaoning, Fujian and Guangdong provinces. Local police launched raids in Liaoning and Fujian on Sept 1, seizing 4.5 metric tons of methcathinone and over 160 tons of raw materials for producing drugs. The case involves nearly 100 million yuan ($14.5 million), police said.