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Police Break up Drug Trafficking Ring, Kill One Smuggler

October 7, 1991

BEIJING (AP) _ Police shot and killed a drug smuggler armed with a grenade while breaking up a trafficking ring, an official newspaper reported.

Police in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan arrested four other people, including a Burmese, and seized 35.8 pounds of heroin, the grenade and an electrical prod, said the Liberation Daily of Shanghai.

It said police shot and killed Peng Jiaming after struggling with him as he tried to trigger the grenade during an interrogation on Sept. 30.

Authorities said the heroin came from across the border, but did not specify which country.

China began a crackdown this year on the illegal drug trade.

Drug trafficking in China, mostly from the ″Golden Triangle″ that neighbors Yunnan, has reached its highest levels since the Communist government virtually eradicated drug use after coming to power in 1949.

Most of the world’s heroin comes from the ″Golden Triangle″ countries of Burma, Laos and Thailand.

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