Four Britons arrested following Jiangsu drug raids

China | 12 Jul 2019 12:10 pm

Four Britons have been arrested in an eastern China province, the British embassy said today, two days after Chinese  police announced a drug bust there involving 16 foreigners, AFP reports. 
Police in the city of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province said yesterday that 19 people were arrested in a drugs case centring on a local branch of a language school. 
Those arrested included seven foreign teachers and nine foreign students, police said. 
"We are in contact with the Chinese authorities following the arrest of four British people in Jiangsu province, and are providing consular assistance," a spokeswoman with the British embassy in Beijing told AFP. The spokeswoman said the embassy could not confirm whether the arrests were related to the drugs case. 
Swiss-based Education First, which operates a chain of language schools in China, released a statement this week acknowledging a suspected drug case at 
one of its branches in Xuzhou. 
It said the company was cooperating with police on the investigation and that employees found to be involved in wrongdoing would be dismissed. 
Drug convictions can attract long prison sentences in China, or the death penalty in cases of trafficking. 

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