Ad­dict cou­ple robs drug dealer

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - An­gela Xu

AN ad­dict cou­ple who al­legedly robbed a drug dealer in a bid to get money to buy medicines to help them quit their habit have been ar­rested, pros­e­cu­tors said yes­ter­day.

The pair spent all the cash they robbed, amount­ing to 3,500 yuan (US$541), on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion medicines.

“Their be­hav­ior in­di­cated they had a strong will to quit tak­ing drugs. But it wasn’t right to rob some­one, even if the vic­tim was a drug dealer,” said Fang Xiaoy­ing, a prose­cu­tor of the Jing’an District Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice.

Yang Fei, a 29-year- old An­hui Province na­tive, and Xu Min, his wife, de­cided to give up their drugs habit in April and went to Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

A few days af­ter their re­hab stint, the cou­ple, un­able to re­sist, came to Shang­hai to buy nar­cotics from a drug dealer.

They went into re­hab at Wuxi off and on un­til run­ning out of money. On the train to Shang­hai on May 1, Yang sug­gested rob­bing the dealer, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The cou­ple told the drug dealer they had trans­ferred money for the drugs to his ac­count and di­rected him to a re­mote ATM. When the dealer was check­ing his ac­count, Yang hit him and snatched away some 10 packs of drugs. Xu took the chance to with­draw 3,500 yuan in cash from the vic­tim’s card since the dealer had put in the pass­word.

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