China blames rise in violence on drug smuggling from Southeast Asia

November 19, 2014 2:18 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - An increase in the smuggling of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has fueled a rise in violent crime in China this year, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday.

In the first nine months of the year, police recorded more than 100 incidents of violent crime blamed on methamphetamine, more than the total number seen in the previous five years, Liu said.

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