2 Kolegas random drug test sees nine arrested

Police seal exits, conduct random drug test at 2 Kolegas
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First published on 11 Aug 2014. Updated on 26 Aug 2014.

On Saturday night at around 2am, police raided music venue 2 Kolegas. The exits were sealed and patrons were not allowed to leave until they had submitted a sample of urine to be tested for narcotics.

2 Kolegas co-owner Liu Miao tells us that four Chinese and five foreigners were arrested after testing positive. The latter group likely face imminent deportation.

'I'm most worried about the foreigners,' Liu says. 'The Chinese people will probably be released within ten days.'

Stephen McDonell, China Correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was among those tested for narcotics that night. According to his tweet, at least one foreigner had already been deported as of 8pm yesterday.

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The random drug test at 2 Kolegas comes after a drug crackdown in late May this year saw more than 30 foreign drug dealers arrested.

The owners of 2 Kolegas were held by police immediately following the raid, but have since been released.

This post will be updated as the situation develops.

Update The number of patrons arrested was previously reported as being as many as 30. McDonell confirms new figure.

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Comment

Posted by : jimo on 15/08/2014 11:38:26
@Joe Shmo: Good Questions. Guess we will never know.
Posted by : kirsten on 13/08/2014 15:41:19
What is the status of the arrested foreigners?
Posted by : Lee Williamson, managing editor on 11/08/2014 22:39:52
@dude: It would seem there were a lot of similarities, I think down to the fact that both of us used the same source to begin with. Both blog posts went up around 2pm today and it looks like both the Beijinger and Time Out spoke to the same eyewitness, who said that 30 people were arrested, including ten expats. We also both cited a tweet from Stephen McDonell, China Correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, one of the few to comment in English on social media about the incident. We put the eyewitness’ report in the blog, stipulating that it was an unconfirmed source, while we tried to get an official comment on the record. Just over an hour later we were able to finally get in touch with 2 Kolegas’ co-owner, Liu Miao. We then updated the blog at 4pm with a quote from Liu Miao who told us that four Chinese and five foreigners were arrested after testing positive. These are the facts as far as we can tell. Please see the updated blog for yourself. Time Out does not plagiarise and takes such comments very seriously. If you’d like to make further enquiries, please email me directly at lee.williamson@timeoutcn.com.
Posted by : dude on 11/08/2014 16:25:59
agree this is useful information but shouldn't you credit Kipp Whittaker, whose blog on the Beijinger site you have borderline plagiarized here?
Posted by : Joe Shmo on 11/08/2014 15:31:52
curious exactly how the drug tests were administered... was it really urine tests or saliva tests? were they observed? were they tested on location? what drugs were they testing for? was everyone tested, regardless of whether they had their passports on hand?

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