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Drug smugglers conceal contraband inside hollow rocks

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Drugs were concealed inside hollowed-out stones and smuggled across the Chinese border
Drugs were concealed inside hollowed-out stones and smuggled across the Chinese border

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.

Image: Kunming Information Hub

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Keith Richards

So that's why I haven't been able to get my fix lately. Bloody hell.

Hormone Skiing

Does he think it's an ornamental ashtray? Has anyone told him yet? Careful, don't let your cigarette touch the stone!

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