One of the biggest drug raids in China’s history took six years to plan and 14 hours to execute.The target? The village of Boshe, a drug haven known by local people as “The Fortress”.Before the raid, they thought Boshe was impenetrable.Everyone there shares the same last name, Cai, and some say up to half of the village was involved in making chemical drugs.
There’s no doubt they made themselves rich. Inside Boshe’s Chinese temples, the drug makers used to burn sacks of real money to give thanks to their ancestors.It was one of the first places in communist China to see flashy sports cars.For years, waves of police from the province where Boshe lies, Guangdong, kept trying to raid the village. And for years, they failed.
Every time they tried to enter Boshe and shut down its clandestine laboratories, the villagers anticipated their arrival.