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China to intensify scrutiny over drugs during Games
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China will inspect all inbound cargoes and parcels during the 2008 Olympics as part of its anti-drug effort for the event, Liu Guangping, director of the general office of the General Administration of Customs, said on Monday.

At present, such inspections are conducted at random.

From Jan. 1 to June 19, customs houses throughout China handled 159 drug trafficking cases involving 517 kilograms of drugs and 224 suspects.

The largest case was cracked on March 18, when a local customs house found 48 kg of heroin in 32 carpets at the airport in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Liu said the "Golden Crescent" (on the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran) had replaced the "Gold Triangle" (on the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos) as the biggest inbound source of drugs to China.

Since April 2005, when China started a massive anti-drug campaign, the country has dealt with 898 drug trafficking cases involving 2,056.66 kg of various narcotics and 1,330 suspects.

(Xinhua News Agency June 24, 2008)

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