Over one thousand pubic security bureau officers in the southern Chinese city of Guanghou this past week raided an drug ring operated by African immigrants, arresting 168 and sound an alarm on the rising number of undocumented African population in the city.
The Guangzhou PSB confiscated large amounts of heroine, stashes of cash, and a number of pellot air guns belonging to Chinese nationals from a hotel in Guangzhou, according to the Chinese language World Journal.
More than 300,000 illegal African immigrants have made their home in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China with a population of 12 million.
Most of the undocumented African immigrnants come from western African nations such as Nigeria and Mali and have overstayed their visas, escaping arrests from Chinese PSB by hiding in small ethnic enclaves.
Analysts said that the illegal African population and its high crime rate represent a ticking time bomb for Guangzhou and criticized the PSB's lack of effort for stemming the tide of African illegals in the city.
A professor of Sun Yat-Sen University Li Zhi Gang warned that a raid on the large illegal African population would risk social instablility in Guangzhou.
The PSB are continuing to investigate whether the drug ring is connected with other international drug operations.