In the early hours of Sunday December 29, 2013, about 3,000 paramilitary and police forces equipped with helicopters and speedboats haunted the 14,000 inhabitants of Boshe, a coastal village in Guangdong province, in an unprecedented crackdown on the production and trade of narcotics.
77 production facilities for crystalline methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, speed or ice, were shut and 182 persons arrested who should belong to 18 drug rings. 2.95 tons of crystal meth could be seized together with 260 kg of ecstasy and more than 100 tons of raw material.
The total amount of that drug seized by Chinese authorities since July 2013 is such rising to 8.1 tons related to 10,836 arrests.
For comparison: According to latest global data available, worldwide seizures of crystal meth in 2011 amounted to 88 tons [Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC].
Among 326 drug-making facilities that had been shut in China in 2012, 70% were specialized on crystal meth production and 50% could be located in Guangdong province.
According to another Chinese source, the Boshe operation should have lasted until January 3, 2014.
One of the most irritating results of a preceding investigation is that part of local police obviously protected the trade of crystal meth. According to an official source, there are even hints that two local police officers had sold drugs directly from their police car.
[Different sources dating from January 3 - 5, 2014]
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