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Overseas Chinese students in drug smuggling

2012-07-05 06:40:41 GMT2012-07-05 14:40:41(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Ma Qian

    A Melbourne-based drug syndicate has recently been smashed in southeast Australia, local media reported. Among the 15 people arrested, nine are Chinese nationals, including students studying overseas.

    According to the police, a considerable amount of pseudoephedrine was searched out. The chemical is being illegally imported into Australia through Chinese cold and flu medication called ContacNT sold over the counter in China. An official of the Australian Customs said some international students may have been deceived to do part-time jobs as such, without realizing they were already embroiled in drug dealings. After interviewing the Customs and local police, Chen Xi, a Chinese correspondent in Australia, revealed that the syndicate usually gets ContacNT imported through cargo and international mail systems。

    The smugglers would then transport the drugs to manufacturers. The journalist also disclosed the students might have been hired by criminal syndicates to take over parcels of drug。

    At present, police are trying to find the illegal laboratories where the drugs are made, said the Australia Network News。

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