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Beijing to beef up anti-drug fight ahead of Olympics
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Police in Beijing will strengthen efforts to fight against drug deals next year to make sure that no dangerous goods or drugs will flow into the capital. This is to ensure that Beijing will have a drug-free Olympics next year, said Fu Zhenghua, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Anti-Drug Committee, also deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, last week.

Beijing police will put special efforts into the fight against drug deals in public places. They have eradicated three main drug transaction markets in Beijing, one in Wanzi in Xuanwu District, one in Wanquansi in Fengtai District and one in Ganjiakou in Haidian District. Moreover, the public order in eight places involved in drug deals has become better, Fu said.

The underground drug selling market has been handled effectively. Now, the drug market has had to transfer to outer suburbs, holiday resorts, or clubs, and it has become smaller and therefore drug addicts find it harder to buy drugs in large amounts nowadays, Fu noted.

For the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing police have outlined a goal that no drugs will be found in entertainment places, in public places or in community centers. In order to realize these goals, police in Beijing will face a tougher task next year. To make sure that no drugs will flow into Beijing from the Golden Crescent area, Beijing police will set up a professional work team to crack down on drug deals and train more sniffer dogs and equip themselves with better drug-detecting devices. Police will set up a scheme to reward those who report drug deals to police or help police in fighting against drug trafficking.

( December 17, 2007)

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