March 18, 2009 / 5:54 AM / 11 years ago

China detains not-so-sophisticated drug smuggler

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained a Nigerian who nervously left a suitcase packed with 87 kg (190 lb) of marijuana at the airport, only to get caught trying to recover it the next day, Chinese media said Wednesday.

After arriving in Beijing from Lagos, the man left the suitcase, stuffed with 72 bricks of marijuana wrapped in black plastic bags, “fearing tight security,” the China Daily said.

The man was detained the next day when he returned to claim the suitcase, the paper said, the biggest drugs bust this year.

A picture carried in the paper showed a police officer appearing to scold a handcuffed man while pointing to dozens of tightly-bound bags piled on the floor.

“Drug smugglers have started using more ‘sophisticated ways’ to transport illegal and banned substances, but the police will continue to crackdown on them,” the paper quoted police as saying in a statement.

Drugs smuggled into China had almost double in the past few years and the number of registered addicts had risen by a third in the last three years, the newspaper said.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Nick Macfie

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