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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Chinese restaurant admits to selling 'opium-laced noodles' - to keep customers coming back to his restaurant -

Chinese restaurant admits to selling 'opium-laced noodles' - to keep customers coming back to his restaurant - 

The owner of a noodle shop in China has admitted to using poppy seeds in his noodles to keep customers coming back to his restaurant.

Liu Juyou, a customer at the restaurant in Yan'an in the Shaanxi province, made the discovery after he tested positive for drugs during a routine traffic stop — despite the fact that he says he has never taken drugs in his life. Juyou suspected the restaurant's food was behind his test results, since he had eaten there mere hours before.

To confirm his suspicion, Juyou asked some of his relatives to eat at the shop and then drug-test themselves, and as it turns out, their urine tested positive for drugs, too.

The store's owner, identified as Zhang, confessed to the Xi'an Evening News that he had crushed poppy buds into powder and added it in with the seasoning to his noodles. The result, as the BBC notes, was "opium-laced noodles."

Police reports stated that the unprocessed seeds contained enough opiates to cause positive drug-test results and could "produce dependence" in consumers. Zhang was detained for 10 days by the police.


China Floods U.S. With Near-Perfect Fake Driver’s Licenses -

China Floods U.S. With Near-Perfect Fake Driver’s Licenses - 

Fake driver’s licenses are flooding our market and could pose a real threat.
2 Investigator Dave Savini reports these bogus licenses are being produced overseas and sold online.
State and federal officials say they want to shut down the sales of them.
Bogus licenses are seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in big numbers, says Chief Customs Officer Brian Bell.
“We have hundreds of boxes of these,” he says. “They are all containing counterfeit driver’s licenses.”
They are incredible fakes. Smuggled into this country by high-tech forgery rings that have mastered the details so well, they could lead to critical securitythreats. Each license costs about $150.
They’re smuggled inside boxes of tea sets and jewelry from China; one intercepted batch was headed to a group of 20 students at the same college.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he is amazed by the level of these fakes.
One concern if the potential homeland security issue.
“And that’s why I’m not going to stand idly by and allow this activity to continue without doing something about it,” he says.
White’s team investigating these latest seized shipments includes Tyler DuMontelle.
“Instead of a generic hologram, they are imitating our actual holograms,” says DuMontelle. “These are some of the best I’ve seen.”
Says Bell: “The question is: Is it good enough to get you on an airplane?”
It is hard to know because the fakes are that good, say experts. However, the Secretary of State’s Office says the fakes have failed the laser and ultra-violet light tests.
For those who are underage, buying one of these fakes can lead to a year-long suspension of their real license. Some college students have been kicked out of school over this issue.

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