CHINESE Triads and West African gangs are among the international organised crime syndicates making the deadly drug ice for the booming Australian market.
Triad society members are using clandestine meth labs they have set up in the Philippines and Malaysia to supply Australian and South-East Asian drug users.
West African gangsters are trafficking ice and other methamphetamines either directly to Asia and Australia or to Asia and Australia via Southern Africa and Western Europe. Continue reading »
CHANGSHA, CHINA — Ah Chao first came across drugs as a teenager, when his cousin asked him to hold his tourniquet while he shot up heroin.
Now a stocky 32-year-old in jeans and a black nylon jacket, Ah Chao (not his real name) recalls between slurps from a bowl of noodles how frightened he was.
“Heroin did not appeal to me at all,” he says. But the experience did not put him off other drugs. Continue reading »