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Elephant finds bag of opium in Yunnan forest

By CUI JIA | | Updated: 2023-08-22 12:36
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The video of a wild elephant discovering 2.8 kilograms of opium hidden in a forest in Yunnan province went viral on social media on Tuesday, with netizens referring to the animal as a secret agent.

According to People's Daily, border police in Mengman township, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, recently received a report from the villagers saying four wild elephants were strolling in the village and may pose danger to people's lives and property.

The officers then arrived at the scene and tracked down the elephants that were on the move in the forest. Seen from the video, one elephant suddenly stopped and started to sniff the grass. Then it used its trunk to toss a back bag into the air and left.

Officers then opened the bag and found 2.8 kg of opium. An investigation is underway, police said.

Cross-border drug trafficking has always been an issue in Yunnan, which borders with Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

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