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Four Nation Anti-Drugs Campaign Ends with 2,534 Arrests

2 July 2013

A two-month-long anti-drugs campaign carried out by police from Burma, China, Thailand and Laos has resulted in the arrest of 2,534 suspected drug smugglers and the seizure of 9.78 tonnes of drugs, according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. The campaign, which involved joint patrols along the Mekong River, a major Southeast Asian trade route and the center of much of the drug-related activity in the region, lasted from April 20 to June 20. During this time, 38 firearms, 1,125 bullets, drug money worth about US $3.6 million and 260 tonnes of chemicals used to produce drugs were also confiscated, officials from China’s Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday.