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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    CHINA - The owner of a noodle restaurant in China's northern Shaanxi province has confessed to lacing his dishes with opium to keep customers coming back for more, according to multiple reports.

    The unusual secret ingredient came to light when customer Liu Juyou tested positive for opium following a routine traffic stop earlier this month, the BBC reported. Liu insisted that he had never taken drugs in his life, and suspected a noodle shop he frequented may have been to blame, the Xi'an Evening News reported, according to the BBC.

    To prove his innocence, Liu convinced his family members to eat the same noodles, then test themselves for drugs. When the family members tested positive for the same drug, police opened an investigation into the restaurant, and discovered other customers were also unknowingly consuming opium.

    Liu, who had been detained for 15 days, was released, and his charges were dropped.

    The restaurant's owner, who goes by the name "Zhang," admitted to police that he purchased 4.4 pounds of poppy buds for $100 in August, and had been grinding them into a powder that he added to the noodles, the Xi'an Evening News reported, according to a Google translation. This amount of poppy is not habit forming, but can show up in drug tests, reported Hua Shang Bao newspaper reported, according to CNN.

    Putting poppy in noodles, sauces and other dishes was once a popular practice in China, but has since been banned, The Week reported.

    Mashable/Sept. 24, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    In Effort To Build a Higher Customer Return Rate Restaurant Sold Opium-Laced Noodles

    [IMGR=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40577&stc=1&d=1411677234[/IMGR]CHINA - The owner of a noodle restaurant has confessed to lacing his trademark dish with opium – so customers would keep coming back for more. The restaurant owner, known only as Zhang, admitted to police that he had been grinding poppy buds into the food after one of his regular customers tested positive for opium during a routine traffic stop earlier this month.

    Customer Liu Juyou, 26, was initially baffled when he tested positive for the drug but soon managed to prove his innocence by convincing family members to eat at the Shaanxi province restaurant and then have themselves tested.

    Zhang said that he had purchased 4.4lbs of poppy buds for $100 (£61) in August and had been crushing them and adding them to the noodles to ‘make it taste better and to improve his business’.

    Although the quantity in the noodles was not enough to be habit-forming – which therefore means Zhang’s plan failed – it is enough to show up in drug tests.

    China has a history of adding poppy powder to dishes, though it has been banned for some time.

  2. Basoodler
    Restaurant Owner Laced Noodles with Opium to Make Customers Addicted to Them

    [IMGl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40690&stc=1&d=1412069312[/IMGl]In a bid to get customers addicted to his food, a scheming restaurant owner in China resorted to unethical means – he laced his noodles with parts of a poppy plant from which opium is made. When questioned by the local police, he admitted to spending 600 yuan (about $100) on two kilograms of poppy shells to secretly add to the food.

    The diabolical deception came to light when Liu Juyou, a 26-year-old customer, tested positive for opiates during a routine urine test at an anti-drunk-driving program. Liu was stupefied by the result and swore that he never touched any illegal substances. But the police didn’t pay attention to his pleas and detained him for 15 days.

    The utterly bewildered Liu slowly gathered his wits and started to think about what went wrong. As he searched his mind for possibilities, he wondered if the restaurant he frequented could be responsible. So he dispatched his family members to test the theory by eating noodles at the same place and testing their urine later.

    Needless to say, they tested positive as well, and immediately informed the police of their discovery. An investigation was launched the restaurant owner was apprehended and detained for 10 days, during which he confessed to the crime. An anti-narcotics police agent later admitted that chemicals from poppy could build up in the body, causing a positive test result. If ingested for a long time, he said it could certainly have an addictive effect.

    Sadly, despite the restaurant owner’s confession, Liu was not let off the hook. His appeal against his detention was dismissed by the police who said their priority was to detect drugs and punish drug users. In China, the consumption of opium, along with heroin, morphine and marijuana, is a punishable offence.

    While the law makes sense, I do believe they might be punishing the wrong guy here. What do you think?

    via South China Morning Post
    odditycentral.com | September 30
  3. tayorous
    I'm guessing it wasn't enough to get a major effect compared to taking it. Also how did the guy get off he gave all the customers opium. It seafood plan for business though making them keeping them coming but surely they would go somewhere else as they don't know
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