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Regular readers of this column may wonder if WiC is on a quest to find China’s stupidest criminal. Remember the car thief who couldn’t drive (see WiC194)? Or the case of Wu Gang, the fugitive from the law who appeared on a TV dating show (yes, the police picked him up, see WiC116). Into this highly competitive mix, step forward drug dealer Zhang Dongyu. According to the Changchun Evening News, Zhang’s trafficking career ended on January 28. He had sold an associate Rmb260,000 ($42,500) worth of narcotics, but when he went to the bank to deposit the cash he got a shock. The teller informed him that the money was counterfeit. No honour among thieves, you might think. But instead of accepting that he had been stiffed, Zhang felt a burning desire for justice. As the Changchun Evening News notes: “At this point, Zhang forgot his identity as a drug trafficker and called the police.” The cops – who’d had their eye on Zhang for some time – swiftly arrested him. They later discovered a drug stash and caught 10 of his fellow Sichuan gang members too.

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