Chinese and Russian anti-drug police have jointly broken up a transnational drug trafficking ring, arresting 27 people, including three Russians, police with northeast China's Heilongjiang Province said.
Police seized 1,112 grams of met amphetamine, or "ice", as well as narcotics equipment and weapons, according to Heilongjiang Public Security Department.
This is the first successful transnational drug trafficking case involving joint efforts of Chinese and Russian police since the two signed an agreement last year to crack down on drug crime in border areas, according to the department.
The ring was allegedly headed by 33-year-old Guan Hui, a former government driver of Heihe city in Heilongjiang, who is alleged to have plotted nine drug trafficking cases since 2005 and trafficked about 4,300 grams of "ice" and Ecstasy, also a narcotic.
Last November, drug enforcement authorities of Russia's Amur state informed Heilongjiang police that three Russians and two Chinese were trafficking drugs into Russia.
With the assistance of Russian agencies, Heilongjiang police identified the ring's trafficking route from south China's Guangdong Province, to Heihe city and finally to Amur state. All the 27 suspects have been arrested after 11 months of efforts.
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