Jade has long flowed from Myanmar into China, but a November 10 drug bust in Kunming has put a new twist on the import of the ornamental stone into Yunnan.
After Panlong District police worked their way up the drug distribution chain, they raided and searched the residence of a suspected heroin dealer. They seized 1.2 kilograms of pure heroin, 2.1 kilograms of high-grade amphetamines and 280,000 yuan in funds.
But they were more intrigued by something else they found inside the dealer's residence: stones of various sizes and shape that had been meticulously hollowed out and lined with carbon paper.
Upon being questioned, the dealer admitted that he had been cooperating with a man in Myanmar who was hollowing out the stones, filling them with between 100 and 300 grams each of drugs and shipping them across the Myanmar-Yunnan border labeled as "unfinished jade." The carbon paper was intended to block x-rays during customs inspections.
The entire police anti-drug operation is reported to have netted 13 suspects.
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