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Over 1 tonne narcotics worth $57 million destroyed in China

The narcotics, seized consisted of 102 kilogrammes of heroin, 665 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, 129 kilogrammes of ketamine and 146 kilogrammes of other drugs.

By: PTI | Beijing |
December 17, 2016 11:19:44 am
The drug regulators of America as well as European Union have already been taking action against Indian companies due to similar issues regarding quality of Indian drugs. From January to November this year, Zhejiang police arrested about 7,200 suspects in more than 4,800 narcotics related cases. (File)

Chinese officials have destroyed 1.04 tonnes of narcotics worth over  $57.5 million in the country’s east Zhejiang province, state media reported Friday.

The narcotics, seized in various operations over the past four years, consisted of 102 kilogrammes of heroin, 665 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, 129 kilogrammes of ketamine and 146 kilogrammes of other drugs.

Given that traditional outdoor burning can emit a large amount of pollutants, police in Zhejiang decided to incinerate the narcotics in furnaces at a temperature of over 850 degrees Celsius, Miao Minhong, head of the local anti-drug team said.

From January to November this year, Zhejiang police arrested about 7,200 suspects in more than 4,800 narcotics related cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

Miao said Zhejiang ranks sixth in China in the number of drug abusers, with 70 per cent below 35 years old, amid a growing number of young abusers purchasing drugs on the Internet.

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