It could have been a scene from a Hollywood movie.
Two police officers dressed in white hazmat suits and transparent gas masks
threw bags full of heroin, ice and ketamine into a huge cauldron as a group of
armed policemen stood guard.
However, this was no movie. To demonstrate its resolve
to rid Beijing of drugs before the Olympic Games next year, the city's police
bureau yesterday burned 135 kilograms of drugs at the Beijing Cement Plant.
Two policemen carry a box of drugs to be destroyed in
Beijing, June 3, 2007. The Chinese capital's anti-drug authorities burned
135.3 kilograms of drugs on Sunday, as an effort and determination to
crack down on drugs before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. [Xinhua]
The drugs were confiscated in 2004 and 2005 in Beijing and had been kept in
storage at various police departments. Apart from heroin, ice and ketamine, the
haul also included marijuana, opium and amphetamine-type stimulants. Two groups
of special police, each consisting of about 10 officers, participated in the
Ma Zhenchuan, head of the city's police bureau, said the demonstration was
timed to coincide with a mass opium incineration in Humen, South China, 168
"On this day in 1839, our national hero Lin Zexu destroyed 1.19 million kg of
opium at Humen Beach to show the country's resolve to fight against
foreign-smuggled opium," he said.
"Today, we're also here burning drugs to show our strong determination to
combat drugs in the city."
Ma said the anti-drugs war had achieved great success since it started in
By the end of last year, all entertainment venues in Beijing were proclaimed
to be free of drugs.
This year, police have shifted their attention to cracking down on
drug-related activities in public places and near the country's borders.
Official figures show that police in the city have cracked 542 drug-related
crimes and seized 614 suspects and 60 kilograms of drugs this year, up 11
percent, 9 percent and 25 percent respectively over the same period of last
Zhao Wenzhong, head of the bureau's anti-drug department, said the next step
would be to eradicate three underground drug trading markets, two in south
Beijing, and one in northern part of the city.
Among the measures to be taken are crackdowns on organized drug gangs, the
demolition of unauthorized structures and the better management of migrant
More Labrador dogs will be deployed at airports, railway stations and
long-distance bus stations to detect drugs as well.
(China Daily 06/04/2007 page3)