A man suspected of conspiring to bribe foreign officials for an alleged $1.3 billion drug deal has been arrested in China, authorities in the Chinese province of Shandong announced.
The man was arrested Sunday night at a hotel in the southwestern city of Changsha, according to Shandoucheng Evening News.
He has been identified as Zheng Yulong, 46, according a statement on the local government’s official Weibo microblog.
The suspect has been cooperating with police, the provincial government’s media office said in the statement, adding that authorities believe he may have been a key player in the Silk Road project.
The Shandongs official Xinhua News Agency said Zheng was a leader of a Chinese crime syndicate.
It was not immediately clear what the drug deal involved or whether Zheng was involved in it.
Shandong is one of China’s most developed regions and home to the world’s largest Silk Road network.
The network connects Chinese drug producers, couriers and buyers to buyers around the world.
The vast majority of drugs sold in China originate from the U.S.
A spokesman for the province’s public security bureau told the Associated Press that Zheng and his associate were part of the drug trade group that has ties to several top Shandans officials.