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China seizes 70kg of cocaine worth $8.11m in 'biggest' recent bust: Xinhua

Published on Aug 29, 2014 3:57 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The Chinese police have with United States help seized 70kg of cocaine in the country's biggest single haul in recent years, state media said, as Beijing cracks down on drugs in a wider war on excess.

The police were tipped off about a suspect shipping container from Peru by United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials, the official news agency Xinhua said. "By analysing phone messages and emails of a Mexican drug cartel member who had been murdered, the DEA said the container would arrive in Shanghai on Aug 18, from where it would be put on board a ship destined for New Zealand," the Xinhua report said on Thursday.

Police and customs officials searched the ship upon its arrival in Shanghai and found the cocaine, Xinhua said, describing it as "the largest amount ever recovered by Chinese police in a single case in recent years".

It had a US street value of more than US$6.5 million (S$8.11 million), according to the most recent estimates from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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