GUANGZHOU, CHINA (NEWSWATCH33) – Xin Zhang Lao, owner of a sweatshop in China claims synthetic cocaine is used in making Air Jordans. According to Lao, the cocaine is used to make buyers “addicted” to the sneaker brand.
Xin Zhang Lao has been in business with major sneaker companies for decades. He has helped manufacture footwear for Puma, Adidas, New Balance, and Nike. Lao owns three sweatshops in China’s garment district employing over 8000 workers. Lao has maintained a good relationship with major sneaker brands because of his efficiency in mass production. However, Lao recently lost part of his contract with the Air Jordan brand because of a dispute he recently had with the company. Lao’s production dropped 42% due to changes in his contract with Air Jordan. Lao requested an increase in payment for the production of the brand however a local competitor offered Air Jordan a more enticing deal which prompted the sneaker company to cut production short with Lao.
According to reports, Lao had discovered many of his employees tested positive for Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite found in the illegal narcotic, Cocaine, after completing a random drug screening in one of his locations. Lao recently implemented the drug screening after pressure from the Chinese Government forced many business to conduct drug screening of employees for insurance purposes. Lao was shocked to find that over 80% of his employees tested positive for the drug. Lao immediately requested another drug screening to eliminate the possibility of any errors in the testing. When the testing was completed for the second time, the results did not change. Lao became concerned with the results of the drug screening and had decided to conduct an internal investigation to discover the source of the newly found drug problem.
Reportedly, Lao found no traces of the drug in his sweatshop, and after conducting random searches of his employees, no one had any drugs on them. After Lao was unable to find any traces of cocaine on his employees, he requested the Guangzhou Police to perform a narcotics sweep using drug sniffing dogs to locate the existence of any drugs at his sweatshop. When Guangzhou Police arrived with the detection dogs, the dogs immediately alerted police of narcotics in the factory.
Officer Jin Lang, of the Guangzhou Police, ordered other responding officers to opened several boxes of materials used specially to make Air Jordan sneakers. When the boxes were opened, Officer Jin Lang, had one of the detection dogs sniff the material. According to reports, the dog passed out from sniffing the material. Guangzhou Police ordered the factory to shutdown until an investigation was completed to determine if there were traces of drugs in the materials.
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