Border Patrol With China’s Toughest Drug Squad | Part 1

Border Patrol With China’s Toughest Drug Squad | Part 1


We’re told China’s off the boil – well here’s
a trade that’s going absolute gang-busters. “She’s successfully brought drugs across the
border before and this is the second time she’s done it”. The drug trade – flooding in to propel China’s
party scene and chasing all that new money. Methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin – tons of
it, as drug culture spreads like wildfire. “If you can get these drugs to Australia,
you can imagine how much more profit there would be”. We’re heading to seldom seen corners of this
dramatically changing place as Foreign Correspondent investigates the other China boom, one that
leads all the way to our own front door. This is remote dramatic territory. A river
forming part of a border that runs for thousands of kilometres between China and its emerging
neighbour, Myanmar – what we used to call Burma. You might expect large fences and guards
on patrol, but here the official borders of countries mean little to people who’ve travelled
and intermingled for centuries. “Well this is a pretty porous border. As you
can see there are lots of people moving back and forth across the river. We’ve just walked
down here, jumped on the first boat there was, paid the guy, come along and here we
are, now I’m in Burma!” There’s a brisk trade here. Myanmar has been
opening up and China has an ever growing affluence. Yet to buy Chinese goods, poor Burmese farmers
need money and in order to get money some are prepared to transport a very dangerous
cargo to the north. With not an official in sight, the potential to ferry illegal drugs
across points like this is clearly substantial. “None of the people here speak Chinese so
I can’t ask them how busy it is down here normally, but it seems like it’s just boat
after boat coming through and the trucks are bringing goods from Burma across to China
and also back in the other direction”. The home of the Golden Triangle, Myanmar has
long been a major source of the world’s heroin. Now, on top of that, there are new drugs coming
out of here and via China they’ll end up as far away as Australia. So we’ve come here
to follow the drugs and to gauge the size of a problem considered so serious it’s recently
led to joint operations by Australian and Chinese police. “The factories which produce drugs have increased.. In other words they once produced heroin but
now they’ve changed to produce ice-type drugs, amphetamine-type drugs” Former police officer Professor Wu Jiang is
now one of China’s foremost experts on the drug trade. We ask him if Myanmar’s increased ice production
is in direct response to Chinese consumption. “That’s correct. It’s because of supply and
demand. The key point is they must know there are so many people in China who are selling
drugs. They’ve established networks with them. There
are also a lot of unspotted drug users… so many invisible drug users. There’s a market,
otherwise they wouldn’t produce them”. Yunnan Province is a lush green corner of
China. Its remote location has spared it the excesses of development. Here you can find the bustling border town
of Ruili. Part of it has been given special economic zone status to try and boost commerce
between China and Myanmar. Here, Burmese workers can be seen in droves
looking for work in local factories. Others come to do business. There are plenty of visitors
with all the right paperwork, but countless numbers without. The border fence in the middle of town is
dotted with large holes so we sit across from one of these illegal entry points and watch.
Through they come, one after another. Some pause first to check – others just race through.
This is only 100 metres from the main official entry point and in broad daylight, they cross
and they cross and they cross. We decide to approach the young men on the
Myanmar side of the border for a chat and speak to them through a translator. “I want to know, have a lot of people come
through here lately in order to sell drugs? Aren’t any? Aren’t any here?” “They’re not coming through this actual door”. “I’m not talking so much about this particular
entrance but crossing this border. Could you ask them where along the border?” It seems they want to defend the credibility
of this particular illegal entrance to China. “Ah… you have to go 105 yards that way”. “Another place”. “Another place”. “How many people do they think would cross
the border here every day?” There are many. Every day two or three hundred”. If anything, a few hundred daily crossings would be an
under estimation. Dozens come through in just the short time we’re here. If drug trafficking is sky rocketing as suspected,
then it must hit these border communities first as it winds its way north. So we go looking for someone who knows the
local trade. We meet a young man who’s prepared to talk about the drug situation in Ruili
on condition of anonymity. “Drug usage here… is it becoming more serious?” “The number of drug dealers doesn’t seem to
change much but there are many more drug users”. “How many more than before? Twice as many?” “Right, nearly two times more”. He tells us that those using drugs regularly
in the town vary from Chinese to Burmese, some are students, some are business people. “Where are the drugs sold? In a secret place?” “It’s not necessarily a secret place – just
a place where police don’t show up”. “So you can see drug dealing on the street?” “Yes, you can”. “Could you show me where?” “Yes”. He guides us through Ruili, down this town’s
small vibrant streets to a particular little corner. And soon after we arrive, the customers
are turning up. This man walks across the street to a doorway
which will be very busy tonight. He indicates the quantity and in front of a small child,
he hands over cash in exchange for drugs. Then he goes off to find somewhere safe to
take them. This is a humming part of town and many will
go through this doorway. We can’t see what’s going on inside but there’s plenty of movement
in the street. A man in green waits outside. Eventually a woman in white emerges and approaches
him. Again it’s money going one way and drugs the other. She counts his change and then
hands it over. As soon as the coast is clear, he walks away. Given the ease with which we’ve spotted these
transactions, it’s hard to imagine that the local authorities are not fully aware of this
situation. The man in green likes what he’s seen so he
comes back for more. These are only small purchases but Chinese police statistics cast
them in a much bigger light. Nearby, Burmese poppy cultivation was up by
33.8% last year, the equivalent of 60 tons of heroin. In 2012 local Yunnan police seized
9 tons of ice coming out of Myanmar – 26% more than the year before. And the deals keep
coming. In full public view the drugs are prepared.
The preferred method of consumption here is smoking – even for heroin and methamphetamine.
Yet, increasingly, in what was once a heroin zone, this is now becoming an ice town. “Comparatively speaking, it’s easier to access.
It’s easier to buy from the market. It’s comparatively cheap. The consumers are many young people. Among them it can form a kind of culture – a smoking subculture The roads out of Ruili are all heading north
and for drugs being smuggled into China, there is a well-trodden path. For most, the first
stop is the regional capital where onward distribution will be organised. “I’m here at the Kunming Narcotics Bureau. There are more than a 160 police here. Apparently
this is the largest drug squad in China and we’ve been invited here to come and have a
chat. Wang Zheng Long is a young intelligence officer
and to give us an idea of how busy they’ve been, he shows us some of the drugs police
have confiscated lately. “These are real drugs that you’ve seized.
Am I correct?” “That’s correct. They are real. This is opium”. “Opium? So people have secretly brought this in from
overseas – or produced the drugs in China?” “No. These drugs are all from overseas. We’ve
seized them in China”. “So they are from Myanmar?” “Right, yes”. “They’ve come from Myanmar to be sold in China?” “Right, right”. We see Ketamine, also known as Special K and
a pillow case of morphine. There’s heroin cut into blocks for convenient concealment
and in smaller pieces to fit into a condom for internal body secretion. Chinese police seized 7.3 tons of heroin last
year but methamphetamine was double that. In 2012 ice seizures went from 14 to over
16 tons and we’re shown large bags of it in various levels of purity. “So, if I wanted to sell these here, how much
would they be worth?” “Sell them all?” “Yes”. “At once?” They sell for around 50 Yuan a tablet”. 50 Yuan for one. Ten thousand tablets at ten bucks a pop so
I’m holding a hundred thousand dollar’s worth of drugs here. It’s quite a bit”. Of course that’s the price in Yunnan Province.
The further these narcotics are transported from the border, whether it be inside machine
parts, hollowed out shoe heels or wooden artefacts, the more profit there is to be made, as the
price doubles and triples upon arrival in China’s mega cities. Shanghai is the gleaming citadel at the heart
of China’s booming East coast. It’s a massive port town, a thriving business centre, a magnet
for foreigners and home to some 23 million people. If you were going to build a city
to promote the drug trade in China, it’d probably look like Shanghai. This metropolis is an affluence factory – to
the point where it’s mocked by the rest of China for having such a superficial and greedy
outlook. But, when it comes to drug taking, many analysts
think a much more important factor than disposable income is a new found social acceptance of
drugs and not only here. There was a time not so long ago when it was
hard to find a young person in China who’d taken illegal drugs. Their friends would have
thought they were freaks, but in many circles now, it’s seen as a totally normal and acceptable
practice. “When I arrived at a friend’s home they put
several kinds of stuff on the table. They told me, “It’s fine to take this – it’s different
from heroin – you won’t get addicted to it”… etcetera. So I started taking it”. “What kind of drugs were they?” “It was ice”. We meet a Shanghai woman who, at one time,
got into methamphetamine. And why not? The feelings were great, she was with her friends
and having the time of her life. “We thought it was fun and fashionable to
take drugs – so we wanted to keep up with the trend. Most of all, we didn’t see the harm in it.
We thought it was different from heroin and we wouldn’t get addicted. So I took it again
and again”. It’s Friday night in Shanghai so naturally
the kids are heading out to play. It was probably inevitable that as China opened
up to all things foreign, illegal drugs would eventually spread through cities like this
in larger numbers. And as this is a country that doesn’t know
how to do things in half measures, when you’re into it, you’re into it! What’s more, Chinese people are early adaptors.
According to police research the new trend is to order drugs over the internet. Some
dealers even use official fast couriers to make a drop. “Compared to Sydney, London or New York, the
level of drug use in places like this is still pretty small. The important thing is the trajectory
and it’s only going in one direction – up”. And according to some experts, while economic
growth may have fanned Chinese drug use, a really big expansion might be in the wings
if the economy actually falters. “If China keeps up a normal, stable level
of economic growth strengthening drug control systems and education, drug use will not expand
so widely. “But if our growth halts with bad social management,
and we have social instability, then the drug problem in China will dramatically increase.
It could be ten times or twenty times bigger.” That’s not just because some might turn to
drugs when times are tough to dull the pain. It’s also because people might see the narcotics
trade as a potential replacement for lost business opportunities in other areas. “It just brings in so much profit. If someone
wanted to break into our system, it is very easy. The easiest and the quickest way to
make a fortune is to deal drugs – to sell drugs here. Yet, as with all highs, there’s the comedown.
Our woman hit rock bottom when her son, who was once a good student, was nearly thrown
out of school. She was picked up by police and sent to rehab. These days she’s clean, has a new job and
her son has made it into university. Yet the old times still linger in her memory. “My life is great. My family, myself, my career
and my parents are all great. I am back to how I felt before I had taken drugs. But deep
in my heart there’s a small place reminding me that I took drugs before”. For many in China, trying to kick it is not
only tough but it’s compulsory and while ice may be on the rise, a much more traditional
drug casts a long shadow here. There are one thousand ex-heroin addicts working
at the Yulu complex. Work camp style rehabilitation centres like this one in Yunnan’s Kaiyuan
City were set up in the 1990s for drug users who’d been picked up by the authorities and
today there are 678 of them across China housing 300,000 ex drug users. But now the police who run Yulu say people
choose to come and choose to stay, but when they’re here, the rules are strict. “Normally if a foreign camera crew came into
a Chinese factory there’d be smiles and giggling and ‘Oooh, what are they doing in here?’ Not
in this place, listen… Nothing… Just the sound of the machines. People are head down,
working. I don’t know if it’s because they’re sad or embarrassed about their past but it’s
definitely the way it is”. Lu Jianghuai says it was only possible for
him to give up heroin because of the discipline here. Now he’s been promoted to manage this “What about over here”? “From there and there they glue them and over
there we sew them together. “Ah… put them together”. “He introduces the work they do with 15 companies
investing in a network of factories making everything from purses to solar water heaters,
door frames to cigarette lighters. I asked him what’s become of the friends he
used to take heroin with. “Most of them are dead following an overdose”. Lu Jianghuai has found a woman to marry him
at the factory but as for those who were once closest to him, well he doesn’t see them very
much. “Dad and Mum got divorced because of my addiction. Because I was taking drugs they scolded me
but I couldn’t stop. My family started to… ah… what can I say? I feel very sorry for
what happened to my family”. This rehabilitation complex is rolling out
a massive attempt at healing in response to an industrial sized problem in China. Yet,
if you think this is of concern, well it could even hit you closer to home.


100 thoughts on “Border Patrol With China’s Toughest Drug Squad | Part 1

  1. Chia is where most of the worlds legal highs are mass produced. Hell, a drug that was set to become very, very popular – an analogue of Quaaludes/Mandrax – called Etaqualone disappeared from the internet because it became a banned substance in China.

  2. 18:48 Looks like he has been sampling the goods? lol Any one know what year this was filmed in?(2013)? I find it funny the drugs consumed in China come from another country. Meanwhile they pump out tons of Fentanyl analog, meth and tons of other "research chemicals" all over the world. Its cool to see that the Chinese youth are experimenting and loosening up. It would be cool to see their take on psychedelic substances. Particularly psilocybin mushrooms. Im sure through Chinese history they have used them. They do have a history of discovering and concocting medicines and mythical life aids.

  3. The main problem with this doc is that they're assuming the chinese government actually cares-they don't! It's all a charade for the outside world. Remember that almost all precursor chemicals used to make drugs are made legally in China.
    That's what China is: A show for the cameras. Nothing is ever as it appears.

  4. Unprofessional double over-written close caption. Outstanding Journeymen. You guys better do more work or you will be gone. Of course Aussy's don't do that whole work thing.

  5. yeah and people are so stupid here in America they order it directly from China and are getting their ass busted by the US Postal Service be advised it's tempting don't go to jail for the rest of your life you won't like it

  6. i dont see what is wrong w the drug trade…you can not tell another mans spirit what to do and not do…plus many govts are shipping it here any way–i see that if a guy wants to do h, then it is his choice..he will die and the prob will be gone…face it, the poppy is a natural maeicine and should be available to any one who wants or needs it…they should tax it and go wild…

  7. not long before chinese eco crashes cause its a false eco cause its built on ghost towns, that means houses/skyscrapers built are looked upon as wealth even if it stands empty while in the west its not counted as wealth before its sold or rented out. so the numbers china has is false compared to rest of the world.

  8. in Mao days of hardcore communism it's capital punishment for dealing drugs or using cause memories were still fresh of the opium war in the late 1800s. opium ruined China. back then 70% of Chinese were addicts that's when the term "sick man of China" came from. In efforts to end this drug epidemic the Chinese government prohibited opium imports that were mainly all controlled by the Europeans (British assholes, French and etc 8 Europeans countries in total) the Europeans said fk u and invaded China (opium war and boxer war) to keep their lucrative drug trade flowing into China. the Chinese lost the wars and were forced to let the Europeans colonize many of its port cities in return for a truce ( Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai etc..)

    having had that history lesson. I think the Chinese government today should be a bit more communist grow back some balls and be like the old days and Hammer down on the drug trade in China.

  9. 16:15 That's probably good cocaine but the humidity has ruined it and those people probably don't know any better because they've likely only had cocaine affected by humidity. They are likely going to have a sketchy high from it and have an odd candy like taste for their "drip". Any time I dumped my cocaine out to chop it up and it looked like that I would get so depressed and it would ruin my night because I would be constantly be thinking about how the high was going to be sub par. Also, when it's like that it starts to disappear into the air fast and becomes see through almost. I could tell you exactly what part of the world coke was from just by doing a line and how many times it had been "stepped" on and exactly what they used for the cutting agent just by taste and smell alone. I am clean and sober now for over 6 years.

  10. Drugs are pretty much legal in China. Thats where most "research chemicals" come from and many many prodrugs of illegal drugs are legal there so you get exactly the same effects like O-Acetylpsilocin is just like psilocin with slightly different onset but exact same effects.

  11. Fuck China…. for this show for honoring a communist country… don't you fucking assholes know that the government is in""" on the drug trade ? This show is retarded just for being so ignorant.

  12. Earlier this year the Indonesian police intercepted a drug smuggling syndicate with 1 ton worth of meth. 1 chinese was shot dead during the raid.

  13. why do all these people always make it look like a drug deal…can't they ever make it look NOT like a drugs deal is going down….geez

    what about just doing a deal where it never looks like anything is going down?

  14. None of the drugs come from China, said the Chinese cop. My ass!! A whole Chinese village, Boshe, in Guangdong province involved in the manufacture of one-third of China's crystal meth.

  15. So hypocritical of the police, because China supplies the precursers to make the drugs. Then Chinese business men provide shipping of the drugs around the world.In China you get the death sentence for 50 grams of drug, but they export 1000's of tons to Western nations.

  16. is it just me or transporting Drugs can really be that easy? i mean, i could think of tons of methods to go through the check point.

  17. Stinking bloody drugs,in my opinion if the police get proof like these films all sellers,users,and manufacturers should be executed they are good for nothing parasites that sell misery around the world…..

  18. 25:00 Getting high everyday, having a laugh or working in a factory making tat for Westerners… tough choice.

  19. Border Patrol https://youtu.be/M7l1Tozxbg8 Comment on reporter and article.
    This reporting is designed to excite the self-righteous who never bare the cost of poverty nor the stigma which films like this depend on. These types of reports feed the ego junkies who believe they can afford to genocide all who are not like them and use highly bias stories like these to make a name and a meager living off the great suffering of people all around the world… What of the people's by the thousands who need pain relief but are denied any help because those controlling medical supplies also own the factory and farms where the poor people's backs brake every day because they do not want their dirty business exposed…? Yes that is right it happens everywhere that is no excuse for knowingly profiting off of human suffering such as the bipolar perspective this video represents.
    “Stop programing our children”…!
    Get off your arrogant high horses and find where the real problems are given life, or is this to close to home?
    PS. pharmacy nepotism is rampant and the drama of playing hero to the world is just for show & pride just another, “I’ve got! when are you going to get some” boasting.
    YVO

  20. What is so strange about China is that people do all these hard drugs but then you ask them if they smoke pot and they act like you're talking about heroin.

  21. I find it hilarious that China is the #1 producer of dangerous synthetic drugs like "Flakka" or "bath salts". And they keep getting away with shipping it to other countries, including the U.S… So would this video have us believe they really give a crap about the human race?

  22. Oh, the irony could kill: ex-addicts making lighters that will inevitably be used by addicts to smoke drugs. "rehabilitation complex is rolling out a massive attempt at healing…" if that were true I'm sure they could produce a product that isn't a ubiquitous tool of drug use. However, I do have to say that their attempt at handling drug addiction–and drug addicts for that matter–is still far more progressive with more of a positive impact–socially, economically, and for the user–than any of the archaic and profit-driven solutions implemented in the United States. The U.S. solution to drug addiction is the inane incarceration of addicts and their social ostracism, which serves only to perpetuate drug use. Which is just fine for the multi-billion dollar a year private correctional institutions, all they're thinking is, "If it ain't broke, why fix it?"

  23. China produces the most illegal drugs in the world. They send that crap all over the world. Don’t be fooled by their communist BS.

  24. China is a perfect example of tough laws do not stop the drug problems. Criminalizing does not work, even the possibility of death is not enough to combat drugs. Lets pay attention to that. If China has tougher laws than the U.S on drugs: that is a sign that legalization or decriminalization is the only way to combat the drug problem.

  25. at least china has factories to put the addicts and make them work and make them productive,,,,much better than a rehabilitation centre which looks more like a spastic centre ,,,,,alas australia has no factories any more every thing gets imported from china and we export them our good coal so they can be productive and successful for their country and for their drug addicts,,,,,we are left with lots of refugees on the doll ….expensive energy ,,,surrounded by very dumb and uneducated lefties who loves to bring more people on doll system not use our coal because it destroys the environment and global warming shit ,,,shut down coal powered substations ,,,no coal energy no nuclear energy no hydro power energy ,,,,just use renewables wind solar to provide energy for a developed country like australia ….thirty years ago as if it was yesterday this country had lots of factories and were building excellent products ,,,but now from our under wear to our tooth brush comes from china made by their drug addicts ,,,we need a real damn good leader in this country to make it the land of milk and honey again ….at the moment i see australia as a big huge garbage bin of the world where sick old and uneducated comes from poor countries to be on the centrelink benefits for the rest of their life ,,, the more children you have the more money you get for free ,,,absolutely ridicules………my point of view

  26. I used to have some meth heads living in my building, they were financially supported by Australian government. Their teeth are all black and eyes are do deep in their wrinkled face. And they are in their 30s. The damage drugs do to you is irreversible. Don’t risk it. If you wanna an orgasm just have sex.

  27. Drugs ant going ng in to China they are coming out and to America China is killing the USA with there fentanyl laced drugs at all there cosmetic drugs that come out of China you are a cock about shithole countries China's one of them

  28. Gotta do this type of shit if their aren’t any jobs. You think half of the people in the drug trade do it because they want to or have to. Here in America is because you want to, other places not so much. As far as trafficking is concerned.

  29. So sad, the "mules" that are used by the insidious criminal organizations are typically the poorest of poor with no regards for their life or well-being. It is easy to say, well they (mules) knew what they were getting into when they chose to do it. What would you do if you could not find gainful employment and your children were asking you when they would get to eat again?

  30. Man I get too lazy to go to work sometimes and I sit at a desk all day, if I had to live like these people I’d just kill my self, it wouldn’t even be worth it to live if you have to live like that

  31. Lmao no drugs at this enterance my butt, dude in thr blue shirt was gripping those fence bars for dear life, shaking up and down like a vibrator, and that guy forsure knows who is selling drugs through that hole because he is obviously on one lmaoo

  32. I understand that reporter dude is doing his job, but shoving his face & that big fuzzy mic right into the people's faces as they're getting arrested by China drug police is pretty fucked up. I stopped watching halfway through bcuz he's a fuckin' jerk. Go catch Trump lying, again, & shove shit into his despicable face.

  33. Oh, the good old days when ice production meant freezing blocks in industrial freezers for delivery to peoples home ice boxes.

  34. Everyone desires happiness. Drug addicts think taking drugs is the path to happiness. How WRONG they are ! Misery and ruination, for themselves and their families, await them on that path to hell.

  35. They say they don't know when they get caught, but they should make sure they know what a country's laws are before they go. I don't believe them anyway they always don't know when they get caught its no excuse anyway

  36. Why is the west always passing judgements on us in asia when their own country are riddled with problems which are just as bad if not worst! It is easier to blame asia for their own fucking failures right?

  37. Its because all the law dogs are lazy and corrupt they just shovel water all fucking day and people are not trusting the chinese no more there so shifty from there products to there scheems

  38. Couple of expats got caught smoking dope in a club in Shanghai, China on a police raid. After the police caught them, they sent em back to their countries and put em on the no entry list to China, the expats had to rely on their friends to retrieve their belongings. China has a strict policy on drugs because of its history with Opium war

  39. Why is it that the thought of a chinese dude nodding out on Heroine, or taking ex and dancing all dorky, or just a spaced out chinese crackhead is so funny to me?

  40. So flood the area with drugs… get whole population hooked….open up sweatshops disguised as rehabs where they now have a huge free labor force

  41. America.shoukd step up and deal major drugs to china…..and put some lead in the mix…like they did to America bound toy's

  42. So… ALL , well if not all, most of the synthetic drugs we get in australiA, if not made here, is made in large factories in China. Tell me the Chinese government hasn’t got that big fat pseudo democratic communist finger in some of those opportunistic pies ….

  43. Beware fake news media. Truth and lies either learn to read between the lines or you are just a subscriber to that which has no relevance to anything its words suggest.Always has been the case. China's government are the biggest liars.

    Government both intricately and accurately as of politically and historically speaking the whole concept of has and only ever will be the biggest crock of toxic diahroic shit at the end of the rainbow followed by shileilli beating and lovely lucky irish pint of steaming piss to go with it along the way.

  44. Personally, I would never disrespect another country by drug smuggling. Personal use is one thing but some of that shit fucks up entire families and that isnt cool.

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