Patient faces charges for dealing heroin, meth from hospital bed

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/3 17:08:40

Police in Hunan Province are investigating a 63-year-old man for allegedly dealing a cornucopia of illegal drugs from his hospital bed.

Li Lin (pseudonym) is suspected of slipping the drugs to customers posing as visitors at a hospital in Changde, media reported Wednesday. 

Li, who checked himself into the hospital for emphysema in 2017, became a suspect after officers noticed a number of known drug users frequenting his ward, police said.

"The visitors gave false names pretending to be Lin's relatives, but all turned out to be drug buyers," said a police officer working on the case.

Li had primarily dealt heroin, crystal meth and "magu," a drug containing methamphetamine and caffeine.

He would transmit the drugs in everyday articles such as cough drop containers, cigarette cases and pencil boxes.

Hospital staff was not aware of his dealings, police said.

A police search found Li in possession of 35,000 yuan ($5,348) in cash.

Following his second divorce, Li checked himself into the hospital as a cover to sell drugs as a way to fund his own habit, read the report.

Li was investigated for drugs in 2008 and 2014, police said.

Xiaoxiang Morning Post



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