Back in February, police in Guangzhou’s Panyu District arrested an expat who injured someone while 'running naked' outside, allegedly a result of being high on that ‘super-dank bubonic chronic’ (read: marijuana).
While the arrest may have seemed insignificant at the time, the stoned man reportedly provided authorities with information that has since resulted in the arrest of 11 foreigners, as well as 8 Chinese nationals, for smuggling, producing and selling marijuana.
The group of foreign ganja dealers were led by a person identified in local media as ‘Goody,’ and their buyers were predominantly overseas students studying in the city.
Near the end of April, police raided a dorm room in an unnamed Guangzhou university and detained several expat drug dealers. Authorities told reporters that the traffickers used code words and that buyers had to be introduced by an insider in order to purchase pot.
A short time later, in early May, police caught Goody in the act of selling marijuana at the Hanxi Metro Station in Panyu, seizing more than 20 grams of dried cannabis in the process. Back at his flat they discovered an additional 60 grams, as well as four stoned foreigners. All were hauled off to a police station.
Students suspected to have purchased drugs from the dealers in the past were also brought there to perform urine tests. Out of the entire group, six were detained after testing positive.
Leads from that case helped authorities turn up another gang of Chinese citizens who were arrested last month for selling marijuana online.
After further investigation, police also busted a substantial marijuana growing operation on May 19 in Guangzhou's Huadu District, arresting two young men, one surnamed Ye, a 24-year-old, and the other surnamed Zhou, 23. Nine kilograms of dried pot were seized, as well as plants and cultivation equipment.
At this point the investigation team split into two groups to carry out raids. One team was successful in arresting two suspects in Baiyun District, capturing more than RMB60,000 in cash, 4 kilograms of pot and "a set of packaging tools."
The other team detained a man surnamed Yang in a building on Guangzhou Dadao, netting half a kilogram of marijuana, according to Southern Law Journal.
In total, the investigations in May resulted in the arrests of 19 people, 11 of whom were foreigners, and police seized a total of 19.5 kilograms of dried marijuana and 250 pot plants.
By now it probably goes without saying, but all of these individuals are presumably in serious trouble – as China regularly executes drug producers and traffickers.
[Images via Tencent News]