Police in Shenzhen have arrested six suspects for selling and distributing cough medication with addictive ingredients, with a total of 11,927 bottles of cough syrup confiscated. The suspects were arrested for selling cough medicine containing the compound codeine, a potentially addictive prescription drug, officers with Shenzhen customs said. Three suspects were caught between June 4 to June 6, with 12 bottles, or 2,010 ml of codeine-based cough syrup seized. Investigations showed that the gang had purchased the cough syrup from Hong Kong and hired tourists to smuggle them back into Shenzhen or had the medication transported to Shenzhen by truck.
Guangdong tackles | 1,122 intellectual property cases
Police in southern China’s Guangdong Province have resolved 1,122 intellectual property rights infringement cases in the first half of this year, reports state media agency Xinhua, as China steps up its crackdown on such violations. A total of 2,029 people were detained, according to the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department. In one case, the police have busted two criminal gangs selling fake world brand auto parts, seizing more than 90,000 brake pads, air grids, shock absorbers and other auto parts, involving more than 15 million yuan ($2.18 million), according to preliminary statistics. Chinese courts at all levels concluded 288,000 cases related to intellectual property rights in 2018, up 41.8 percent year on year.
Pearl River inland freight volume to exceed 1 billion tonnes
The inland waterway of China’s Pearl River is expected to see its freight volume exceed 1 billion tonnes this year, said Wang Jianhua, director of the Pearl River Administration of Navigational Affairs under the Ministry of Transport. Statistics show that the river’s inland freight volume was 952 million tonnes in 2018. Wang said through a high-level coordination mechanism, Guangdong, Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou are jointly formulating policies and plans to allow Pearl River transportation to play a greater role in the development of the Greater Bay Area.