3000 Police Raid Chinese Meth-Cooking Village in Crackdown

The seized meth.

A huge number of armed police are entering the village.

From NetEase NetEase:

Guangdong Police Crack Down on “No.1 [Drug-Producing] Village”, Seize Nearly 3 Tons of Methamphetamine

2013 December 29, police from multiple jurisdictions of Guangdong launched a joint operation to raid Lufeng City Boshe Village, the province’s “No.1 Village” heavily involved in the production of drugs, eliminating 18 mega meth-cooking and distributing crime organizations headed by a Lufeng drug kingpin, arresting 182 suspects, seizing nearly 3 tons of methamphetamine and 23 tons of meth-cooking raw materials. Sources of pictures: China News Agency, Shanwei City Residents Net.

Helicopter are deployed.

Guangdong Province deployed thousands of police officers, police dogs and several helicopters in surrounding and capturing the drug dealers in Boshe Village and other villages in Lufeng City Jiaxi Town. In this drug-trafficking crackdown, a large batch of drugs was seized, as well as a large amount of cash and drug production equipment and supplies. Many people involved in the production of drugs were arrested.

Boshe Village.

Picture is of the Boshe Village, the “No.1 Village” heavily involved in meth-cooking.

A meth-cooking den.

Picture is of a meth-cooking den discovered by the police.

An airborne helicopter is on the guard.

Picture is of an airborne helicopter on the alert.

A huge number of armed police are entering the village.

A huge number of armed police are entering the village.

A huge number of armed police are entering the village.

3 policemen are cracking down a gate.

Pictures are of a large number of armed police entering the village.

A huge number of armed police are entering the village.

Picture is of items involved in the cooking of meth seized by the armed police.

Some meth the police has seized.

Picture is of the large amount of methamphetamine seized by police.

A suspect is being arrested.

A suspect is under arrest.

Pictures are of the criminal suspects arrested by the police.

Some people involved in the crime are under arrest.

Picture is of the people involved in the crime being arrested.

The tools involved in meth-cooking.

Picture is of the equipment involved in meth-cooking.

the seized drugs.

Picture is of the seized drugs.

From NetEase:

3,000 Police Officers in Guangdong Siege Meth-Cooking Village By Sea, Land, and Air, Villagers Equipped with Grenades and AK47s

Summary: 2013 December 29, Guangdong police mobilized 3,000 fully armed police officers to “clean up” Boshe Village of Lufeng City, the “No.1 Village” of methamphetamine. As it is understood, 20% of the households in this village were involved in the production of meth. The village was full of luxury homes, and many villagers carried imitation firearms, including even AK47s, self-made grenades, crossbows, and other deadly weapons.


According to information [from the police], the manufacturing of meth in Lufeng is concentrated in the “Three Jia” area (Jiadong Town, Jiaxi Town, and Jiazi Town), with Boshe Village being the “most deeply poisoned village” among those involved in meth-cooking and distribution in the “Three Jia” area. The village covers an area of 0.54 square kilometers, with a perimeter of 3,300 meters. It has over 1,700 households with a total population of 14,000. There are 2,026 stand-alone buildings in the entire village, and none of them have a house number.


14 government officials served a protective umbrella, Boshe Village Secretary Cai Dongjia was the first to be captured

During the 2013 December 29 Shanwei City “Sound of Thunder Drug Raid” operation, 14 cadres of the Communist Party and government involved in the case were arrested, including the biggest target–Boshe Village Branch Party Secretary Cai Dongjia. In addition, driven by greed, the local low-level police has also been corrupted. According to a representative of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department, the police chief and the police force of the local police station have also been arrested under suspicion of “providing protection” [for the criminal activities].


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At the entrance to Boshe Village, there used to be a notice signed by the “Village Committee”: Dumping of meth-cooking waste strictly forbidden! On the empty areas and vacant housing lots of the village are piled heaps of garbage nearly 2 meters high, the stench unbearable. Narcotics police told reporters of this article that all of this garbage is produced from the cooking of meth, “you can tell from the sewage water seeping out”.


According to Qiu Wei, Political Commissar of [Guangdong] Provincial Public Security Narcotics Department: ”The over two thousand buildings in Boshe Village are in close proximity to each other, like an urban ghetto. Most of the buildings are single-storey, with a few of them being multi-storied. There were a dense amount of small alleys that the large vehicles couldn’t get through.” There were lookout posts both hidden and exposed, and there were also lookout posts along the main roads outside the village.

“[The criminals] had many associates within the local party and government organizations who would tip them off whenever there was any sign of trouble. Twice in the past when police tried large-scale raids of the village, they were met with road blocks, people hurling abuse, and violent resistance,” said Qiu Wei. As soon as the police entered the village, they’d be surrounded by the two to three hundred motorcycles in the village, with nail boards placed on the roads in the village, and rocks thrown from the top of buildings. Villagers would hold imitation firearms, even AK47s, homemade grenades, crossbows, and other deadly weapons.

“They might dump the hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid used in cooking meth from above. Although we came up with 6 measures for defending ourselves, the officers participating in the operation were still nervous,” Qiu Wei said.

Meth-cooking can also “transform and upgrade”

In the past, Lufeng used ephedra herb imported from other provinces to cook meth. Criminals purchased ephedra herb from places like Inner Mongolia and Anhui, and transported it into Lufeng in truckloads, with each truck able to carry more than 10 tons of it. After a series of procedures such as incineration and immersion, six to seven kilos of ephedrine could be extracted from one ton of ephedra herb, which can produce about 4 kilos of methamphetamine after further processing.

None of the pharmaceutical factories in Guangdong need to use the ephedra herb. Therefore, basically all of the ephedra herb purchased winded up in Lufeng. However, the cooks started to abandon the ephedra herb, “transforming and upgrading” [the meth cooking process], purchasing a chemical called bromide acetone from Fujian, using chemical synthesis to produce meth. What more, bromide acetone is not within a category of controlled substances. The 25 tons of meth-cooking raw material seized by Yunnan Police in 2013 June was all bromide acetone.

“The process for manufacturing methamphetamine is getting easier, each cycle shorter, the output greater, and the price cheaper.” According to Qiu Wei, the price of 1 kilogram of methamphetamine has dropped from several hundred thousand yuan in the past to 10 thousand yuan nowadays, and even deals at 7,000 yuan.


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Comments from NetEase 1 & 2:

呀哑吖呸 [网易上海市网友]:

The local police only thought of cracking down on it after it had already gotten so big? Another year and it probably would have gone public [on the stock market]!!!

诗奴L [网易广东省深圳市宝安区网友]:

Who knows how long this has gone on before it was wiped out today. Is it because they’re overdue in paying their protection fee to the government officials?

呀哑吖呸 [网易上海市网友]:

Every household had a small building to live in. Could there have been a feeling of home living in houses built with black-hearted [dirty, immoral] money?

网易辽宁省大连市网友 ip:123.185.*.*:

3 tons! Just think of how many people would have been poisoned by this! I feel like the sentencing for drug trafficking, drug hiding, drug using, drug dealing, and drug manufacturing are too light these days.

网易广东省肇庆市手机网友 ip:113.95.*.*:

Places like Shanwei and Luchuan had become golden triangles for counterfeiting and drug manufacturing N years ago, and it is only recently that they’ve cracked down on them!

mboc [网易上海市网友]: (responding to above)

Uh, I’ve always heard that Dongguan was really messed up [lawless, corrupt], but now it’s a bit like “a small sorcerer in the presence of a great one” [it pales in comparison].

相关事务局 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Only being cracked down on after becoming this fat. The Eastern Guangdong area basically all belongs to black society [organized crime, mafia, triad], and that is why the economic situation in eastern Guangdong is so behind.

清风泛舟 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

The Guangdong version of The White Storm. Have Liu Qingyun and Gu Tianle finished filming the sequel…?

企盼英雄 [网易上海市嘉定区网友]:

You’d be better off not saying how this village head isn’t bad, having led the entire village of people in collectively becoming rich.

Comments from QQ:


Take a look at what kind of characters the low-level village government cadres of China are? If China does not do something about the unhealthy trend of using money to become village officials, it’ll rot from its roots! All the bad people mentioned in this news should be executed by shooting without mercy. If this evil trend is not stopped, who knows what kind of criminals their next generation might become. It may even be that the next generation of the entire village will continue and rebuild this kind of business again.


I have the following questions: 1. Why was it able to develop to such a big scale? 2. Why did it become such a big scale? 3. Why did it get to such a big scale before something was done about it? 4. [How was it that] the officials of a village were able to protect such a narcotics manufacturing operation of this scale? 5. What will the villagers here do in the future? 6. Who should bear responsibility for this case?! I just want to say that my heart is filled with mixed feelings after reading this news!


China’s village secretaries [officials] are the most niub [rich and unrestrained], yet the villagers are very poor. The [criminal] underworld controlling everything has already become a common phenomenon in China’s villages.


Since ancient times there has been this saying: There is a thunder god in heaven, and there is a Lufeng on earth. The people of Lufeng have always dared to do certain things that are beyond the bounds of propriety/decency! This time the situation was serious, and they truly must not be let off lightly! Because drugs can destroy a nation!


Did everyone read it carefully? 20% of 15,000 villagers were cooking meth, which means 3,000 people. What’s fucking use is there in just blaming the village officials? The main problem is that there are too many scumbags in that village. They should all be sentenced to death, but so far only 100 of them have been arrested? I’d sure like to see what will happen next, to see how [the government is going] to deal with this.


In fact, this is just one village that has been arrested, and many more are waiting. In my village, almost all the young people from every family are using drugs. Some even use drugs by playing “rock, paper, scissors”. Now we don’t even dare to go back. My parents cried over my little brothers every day, so my entire family ultimately had to move out of the village.


This kind of country-wrecking, people-ruining village and villagers, along with all the people who participate in drug-manufacturing and distributing, should all be executed by shooting. The hazards of drugs are too great, there must be a strict law to get them under control. Otherwise, it’d be like what some netizens have said, that in face of a giant profits, they’ll just go back into the same business once they come out.


There’s no way the people in the village can be reformed. The enormous profits has already stimulated their greedy nerves, and once they’ve completed their prison sentences, they’ll just go back to this profession.


Slaughter the entire village! Just how many families has this one single village destroyed? Enter and the moment you see meth-cooking equipment in the house, immediately execute the people who live inside, and any who resist should be put to death on the spot!


Only doing something after it has already gotten this big, the tragedy of China! Could a mere village official have this much ability to protect [such a large-scale illegal operation]? This should be looked into thoroughly. Who knows how may happy families have been destroyed [by these people], they must be severely punished!

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

  • Surfeit

    Amateurs. Winnebago ftw!

  • nqk123

    drugs legal or not are big money business

  • Jobjed

    So… did they actually have AK-47s or “imitation” AK-47s? And if the latter, do they function exactly like an AK-47? Basically, I want to know whether or not they actually had functioning firearms.

    • Zappa Frank

      I also find strange that description “Villagers would hold imitation firearms, even AK47s, homemade grenades, crossbows, and other deadly weapons”
      I do not understand if their firearms actually can shoot bullets or are just to scare people.

      • Surfeit

        They had a communal sling-shot.

      • BrandeX

        I think they meant to imply they had jury-rugged firearms.

    • they were functional

  • Cauffiel

    I read this story a few days ago in the BBC. There is something about it that doesn’t seem right, but I can’t put my finger on it.

    I just don’t think that this went down even close to the way it is reported.

  • these meth labs have better hygiene than most Chinese restaurants in Toronto

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Well worst case scenario in a restaurant is your dish tastes a bit fishy.

      In a meth lab, worst case scenario is you burn the house down, and a little over half your face.

  • Anus Presley

    Science, bitches!

  • One for all

    3 tons is probably 1% of the actual amount of meth stashed away by these guys

  • masonman

    I just want to grab anybody who supports this kind of thing, sit them down, and make them read this.


    • Germandude

      So true…

    • guizi

      I too think legalization of drug will solve some problems, but I want to say one thing to people who support the legalization.
      Dont celebrate legalization, dont spread positive image of drugs. Drugs are after all not nice things.

      I have seen photos of people celebrating drug legalization, have heard people saying drugs are good, not harmful, like that. Arent their activities creating more drug demand? You want to make more drug addicts in the world?

      I dont think so. But there are lots of people who make careless remarks which will lead to more drug demands.

      • Brad pitt

        Drugs are bad mmmkay…

      • Surfeit

        EXACTLY! Like the coffee.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          Only if you have too much. The right amount, and it’ll help against liver cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

          • Surfeit

            EXACTLY! Like the hashish.

      • masonman

        You’re putting all drugs into the same category here. To say heroin and marijuana are similar, or meth and mushrooms are similar, is INSANE. I personally don’t do drugs (I am teetotal as well – I don’t consume alcohol), however I understand that not all drugs are so vicious. Alcohol is – by any definition – a drug. Yet most world leaders consume alcohol (a drug) regularly. Its a bit dishonest to throw them all together like that

      • Insomnicide

        I don’t think a country like China is ever going to legalize any drugs after the whole ordeal with opium.

    • TJDubs

      I agree with the principle of the comic but seriously doubt the CCP is interested in making any decisions based on Milton Friedman’s advice.

      • masonman

        Well, yeah, the comic is discussing the US drug war, but pick any country that has made drugs illegal (most countries) and the events all play out similarly.

    • Alexander

      The big difference is things like alcohol and marijuana have been used since ancient times and are considered natural products, meth is a man-made chemical, its not from a plant and isn’t made by microorganisms like yeast. If people used drugs the same way the ancient peoples did, then legalization would make sense. Unfortunately, the heroin people use today is not like the pure and natural opium used by the ancient Egyptians, nor is the crack-cocaine used today anything like the fresh leaves of the coca plant that were chewed by the Incas.

      • masonman

        Why is it anybody’s job to protect people from themselves? People can hurt themselves with knives too, but we don’t make everything illegal because people can harm themselves with it.

        —>You are not free if you are not even allowed to put whatever you want into your own body<—

        Heroin will ruin a human, yes, but the MASSIVE amount of violence caused by the enforcement of drug prohibition and the subsidizing of criminal gangs through making drugs illegal has done far, far more harm to the world than the drugs themselves ever would have.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          Legalizing won’t stop it though. Don’t expect the misery to end with legalization. There are still the addicts whose brains will be cooked in their skull as sections shut down.

          And then there will be all those workers employed by manufacturers to keep refining and producing the substances, using tools and procedures that cut costs at the expense of those workers’ health. Legalization won’t improve their conditions, if anything they’ll just attract more people since it will be a ‘legit’ business. More people to destroy.

          The chemicals that refine the stuff will eat away at their skin and the fumes will erode their lungs.

          • masonman

            Drugs ruin people. However, what right do you or I have to throw him in jail or force him to make the decisions WE would like him to make? That is not freedom.

            On the manufacturing front:

            Basic economics: the companies with better working conditions will attract more skilled labor which results in a better product. So they will understand the tradeoff.

            Why would it only be the drug trade that treats people this way, even though present-day legal drug companies are extremely clean operations, and most other manufacturers who employ large quantities of chemicals have all kinds of safety precautions?

            Finally, why didn’t the issues with working conditions hold true after alcohol was legalized?

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Because being addicted to that isn’t freedom either. You still aren’t free, only your the one holding the leash now instead of someone else.

            Drugs like Heroine, Krokodil, etc, do more than other milder substances like alcohol or tobacco. Those damage you physically yes, but they don’t shut off your brain’s ability to function properly. The human brain naturally produces its own ‘feel good’ substance in response to pain in an effort to dull its effect. Someone doped out on the harder stuff destroys this part of the brain. They are unable to deal with pain they way a ‘clean’ person can. Pile that on with the withdrawal that comes after makes pain magnify several fold. When you are like that you cannot make rational decisions, and you forfeit any right to freedom because you behave irrationally and destructively.

            Legal drug companies one have a lot of money to do what they need. Second, they have government regulation. Third, I’m pretty sure no drug company uses industrial strength cleaning agents to manufacture consumable drugs, whereas that is one of the more popular ingredients used to get the cocaine out of coca.

            This is happening not in cities or developed areas where anyone can make a startup and borrow a hefty sum to buy a plant and attract skilled labor. This is happening in places where those people who need to stamp the coca leaves with their feet ARE the skilled labor, and their method of stamping the leaves is the most effective method. Why don’t they wear boots? They did, but the mixture ate away at the boots.

            Finally, alcohol has been made since time immemorial. For wines, you essentially take fruit juice and ferment it. For beers or lagers, etc, you boil the wort and let that ferment. You aren’t handling dangerous chemicals that may or may not explode if you mix them too quickly. Unless you are someone that can’t grasp the concepts of boiling water, the danger won’t come from the brewing process.

          • Alexander

            Also on the economics side, its a lot easier to treat people with alcoholism than it is to treat people with addictions to drugs like heroin or meth. Heroin addicts cost the states big bucks for their methadone treatments. Also when you have fried your brain from so many drugs and you are unable to function in normal society, then it costs the state even more money because they have to send you to a state-run mental hospital. So any profit there was to be made off of commercializing drugs goes down the drain because of the costs associated with medical and psychological treatments for addicts.

          • Zappa Frank

            you have also to consider saving money from the war drugs and crimes related. Addictions may be not many more than now.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Addictions are only part. There’s also the power these cartels have that are a threat, most prominent in Mexico and its neighbors. Even with no war, I doubt that’d stop the beheadings, executions, and vigilantes having shootouts with the cartels as that kinda exists outside the ‘war’.

          • Zappa Frank

            but without drugs we could cut off the main part of their money. And without money most of people will end to stop working for them and they will likely have their power reduced.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            And how would you cut off their customers? I’m referring to all of them, not just the ones in North America.

          • Zappa Frank

            their customer market outside US has a lot less value, the money they makes are more from export than from local consumption. But once they don’t have market in US because drug is free what reasons do they have to go there to shoot and kill? there would be no territory to control, nor competitor to defeat.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            The killing happens in Mexico, to spread fear. Throwing grenades randomly into a crowd of partygoers during Cinco de Mayo is not competition, it’s keeping everyone in line.

          • Zappa Frank

            ok, but now we are talking about Mexico and not US. we could argue that if even in Mexico the drug would be free than the situation could be completely different even there, and I think unlikely it would be worse than now.
            Obviously is not that the crime would end just with free drugs, but I think is reasonable to think that we would save a lot of money.

          • masonman

            When an industry is forced underground, the most violent come out on top. Because the only way to solve disputes in that world is with torture and death. Competition follows suit: they compete by killing the competition.

            Drug cartels are just like any other businesses except there is no arbitration, and there is no arbitration because their product is illegal.

            Imagine what would happen if both Mexico and America completely legalized all drugs. Suddenly, the every day “law abiding citizen” can start up a drug business. And smart entrepreneurs would know there is money in it. The cartels would of course fight back, threatening, torturing, and killing members of this new competition. But now the police would be punishing murders and abductions, not drug dealing. So the violent gangs would soon be facing both their new competition and the police (who can now focus their resources strictly on the violence and not the drugs).

            Suddenly the game will have changed, and cartels would have to either completely change their strategy, or lose all their money and all of their power. Not to mention customers who would rather deal with peaceful drug manufacturers than the violent and dangerous cartels.

            There is a reason the cartels desperately WANT drugs to remain illegal. They are incapable of competing in a open, legal market.

          • Alexander

            Z.F., many times the addicts become the criminals. Someone who is addicted to crack or heroin might result to purse snatching in order to fund their drug habit… I think most law enforcement officers agree that it is a waste of time to go after marijuana growers, but when it comes to meth labs most think they should be shut-down because of the danger they are to society. Many of the meth labs in the states are run by people who have children in their household….. its sickening to see how irresponsible some people are.

          • masonman

            “Because being addicted to that isn’t freedom either. You still aren’t
            free, only your the one holding the leash now instead of someone else.”

            Freedom IS holding your own leash. Addiction sucks, but we don’t throw alcoholics in prison, we don’t throw chain smokers in prison. We don’t imprison people who are prone to angry fits. Part of the whole concept of “innocent until proven guilty” is that you don’t punish people preemptively because they MIGHT cause harm to somebody else.

            Moreover, ok, so its a large MEDICAL issue. Why throw these clearly sick people into metal cages where they turn into rabid dogs instead of actually helping them? That was kind of the point of the last part of the comic. If you want to talk about the dangers and damage caused by drugs, thats fine, but it makes no sense to “solve” the problem by making the whole situation MORE violent and MORE dangerous for everybody.

            On the manufacturing front:

            You are honestly going to tell me there isn’t a single legal product produced in the first world that doesn’t use extremely toxic or dangerous chemicals? That is simply not true. For starters look at PVC and other plastics manufacturers, they use chemicals that can very easily kill people.

            “Legal drug companies one have a lot of money to do what they need”

            And if illegal drugs became legal, they wouldn’t?

            “Second, they have government regulation”

            Personally I don’t think government regulation helps with safety in any meaningful way, BUT ASSUMING IT DOES, wouldn’t legalizing drugs be a GOOD solution, because then those legal drug producers would be subject to government regulation?

            “This is happening not in cities or developed areas where anyone can make
            a startup and borrow a hefty sum to buy a plant and attract skilled

            Well yes, when it is illegal, if you’re willing to take the risk you can rake in huge profits with a relatively small start-up cost, and then when you get eventually shut down by drug enforcement agents, another one can pop up somewhere else tomorrow. When its out and open on the free market, a successful company with skilled labor and a good business strategy will out-compete others, and with no risk of being shut down by police I see absolutely no reason why its manufacturing plants wouldn’t operate like any other industry that uses dangerous chemicals.

          • Alexander

            I can accept your argument for legalization of pure and natural substances that are organic and directly made by nature, BUT I don’t think that there should be a free-market for toxic man-made chemicals like meth. You do have the FREEDOM to use whatever drugs or substances you want on international waters. However, when stepping foot on the sovereign land you have to obey their laws or face the penalties. Alcohol is a natural substance, the Ancient Egyptians were getting drunk before the English language was ever spoken… Some things have to be illegal and should never be on the free market, such as weapons-grade plutonium….

          • masonman

            So “because Alexander thinks only what he considers to be ‘natural’ should be legal, every person with an opposing opinion (who acts on that opinion) should be locked in prison”?

          • Alexander

            I don’t choose what plants decide to do, the plants do it themselves and have been doing so for millions of years. Perhaps if you can find a tree that can grow meth, then by all means, but I’d be more interested in finding a tree that can grow gold….. :)

            And about the laws that countries make, I had nothing to do with their laws, they were created long before I was around by their respected judicial systems. Also not all countries lock-up drug-users in jail. Most people who get sentenced to prison for drug-offenses in Western countries are dealers or repeat offenders. Most drug-users, not dealers, are put in a drug rehabilitation programs. In countries like the United States, people in jail or prison get 100% free health care. People with addictions like heroin even get to get state-sponsored methadone treatments. You have to be mature and accept that some things are just going to always be illegal, especially if they are considered harmful to society. Your main argument is that people should be free to do whatever they want, but maybe people shouldn’t be so selfish and consider those around them who might be affected by their drug use. A lot of people have died from accidental overdoses. How do you think their kids feel when they see their daddy or mommy has died from an accidental overdose from recreational drug use? Look at Michael Jackson he died even when a doctor was administering the drugs to him; his kids were very sad. Many people say that by creating a prohibition of something it only makes things worse, so does that mean that people should be allowed to buy something like a nuclear weapon or be allowed to kill endangered species like rhinos or pandas? Come on, be somewhat reasonable.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    I’m not sure why, but I thought a lot more people in the Chinese/Chinasmack comments would be more impressed by this >_>

    • Jahar

      Not much to discuss, really.

    • Surfeit

      Drugs aint cool.

  • mr.wiener

    Breaking bad in Boshe.

    • Jin Park


  • filabusta

    And…. this will stop nothing. They probably got caught because they weren’t careful about it. It always surprises me how overt drug dealers and users are in China.

    • B*tches, Leave

      Them get slapp4d in da face cuz bitch*s aint paid their mofo pimp, for shizzle, makizzer shanna sharilla shaz biuznatch gazizzah !

      • mr.wiener


        • filabusta

          He got the last of the meth.

      • David

        Yea, what he said.

      • Surfeit

        He had the bad granola.

  • filabusta

    I would love it if Chinasmack could find a story about Colorado and Washington and the Chinese reaction to legal ganja.

    • mr.wiener

      Chinese do the ganj? 15 years ago the only people I could find to get high with were Japanese backpackers.

      • TJDubs

        From my experience, the majority of Chinese don’t recognize ganja when they smell it.

  • Nick

    Only because the money made by drug dealing is not counted as GDP stats.

    • TJDubs

      If local government really wanted to make it work, they could. Just demand a cut as a requirement for the facility to stay in business, then record some of the cut as “tax on agricultural output”.

  • vincent

    I wonder if Krokodil has made it into China? If you don’t know what that is just google it and make sure you’re on an empty stomach. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/27/4775564/super-addictive-flesh-eating-drug-krokodil-reported-in-the-us if you want to see the effects of Krokodil do an image search on google.

  • David

    Wow, talk about an under-reported problem.

    fact, this is just one village that has been arrested, and many more
    are waiting. In my village, almost all the young people from every
    family are using drugs. Some even use drugs by playing “rock, paper,
    scissors”. Now we don’t even dare to go back. My parents cried over my
    little brothers every day, so my entire family ultimately had to move
    out of the village.”

  • TJDubs

    Is this better or worse than the legitimate pharmaceutical facilities in China knowingly producing adulterated or counterfeit OTC medication and selling it to pharmacies?

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Heisenberg is going to be really upset…

    • TJDubs

      No, he’s not. Their product was nowhere near Heisenberg’s, in terms of purity. Plus, it’s not blue.

  • PixelPulse

    This would make a good action movie.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      So Judge Dredd Comes to China?

  • Teacher in China

    I can’t even imagine the chaos this drug would wreak on China…. so many people here that would do it for different reasons: depressed school-aged kids sick of studying all the time, depressed university age kids with no career prospects, people with newly disposable income and lots of boredom…it could get out of control quickly.

    By the way, has anyone else heard about North Korea’s meth addiction problem?


    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Seeing as that’s a place where you trade cigarettes for quality healthcare, not really surprised there’s also a drug problem.

  • Brad pitt

    I never saw any drug use (other than hash) in China when I was there. I lived in northern China though.
    Are most of the drugs and drug related problems there in the south of China?
    Are the drug addicts of China mostly from villages or is it common in cities in the south too?
    Is it common in the north of China as well but just hidden?
    Lastly, anyone care to guess how much of that was destined for export?
    One thing I really respected about China during my time there, was the (apparent) lack of drug users. It was a refreshing to see in contrast to the vast homelessness/drug addiction you can see in Canada =( I hope Chinese cities don’t end up like the ones here in west coast N.A

  • Alexander

    Rick, that’s legalization of natural substances like marijuana, not chemically altered and man-made substances like meth, heroin, and crack. To compare marijuana to drugs like meth is like comparing a shotgun to a rocket launcher.

  • masonman

    Fundamentally, what gives you the right to tell other people what their preferences should be? I don’t really like seafood. How does that equate to nobody else being allowed to eat it?

    I don’t care what other people think of drugs. I don’t do them. This is my personal and political stance on the matter: I’ll choose what I put into my body, and other people can choose what they put into their body. There is no reason it has to be more complicated than that. People should take responsibility for the consequences of their own actions. If you do heroin, that is your choice, and your downfall.

    The only evil person in the situation is the one who says “if you put ‘x’ into your body, I will kidnap you and lock you in a cage”

  • Alexander

    Prescription pain pills are chemically altered substances because they are not picked straight from the tree or flower, but instead created in some laboratory by a pharma company. And about meth, even the stuff produced by medical companies has addictive qualities and can cause damage to the body, especially if used long-term.

  • marksman

    chinese breaking bad.!

  • North-eastern

    This is how it all started…..

  • Sigh, all these cooks, have the brains to be a scientist or a Nobel Prize winner. Pity they use it for purposes like these.