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Money under the mattress

Money under the mattress

In an episode of the hit HBO TV series The Wire a narcotics officers mocks the lack of street-smart among Baltimore’s white drug dealers compared to their black equivalents. He jokes to a colleague that a new law ought to be passed to level the playing field – calling it ‘No white drug trafficker left behind’.

The officer would be even less impressed by the tale of China’s “most ridiculous” drug dealing couple. As reported by the Dahe Daily, Cui Yanyun and her husband Li Wuzhi were selling methcathinone (better known by street name M-cat) in Henan province. Worried that their burgeoning bank balance might provoke suspicion, they came up with an alternative idea for their ill-gotten gains, deciding to sleep on the money at their home in Anyang. Such was the volume of cash (Rmb80 million worth of notes), they duly had to double-layer it across the entire floor of their flat. When they were eventually caught by local police, more than 30 bank staff were called in to count the notes, which later filled 56 sacks.

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