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400kg of Cocaine Seized in Biggest Bust in China's Recent History

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    BEIJING - Chinese police have broken up a cross-border drug-trafficking ring in raids that seized more than 400 kilograms of cocaine—the country’s biggest seizure in recent years, authorities said. Nine suspects, including five from Hong Kong, were detained over the course of the operation, public security authorities in the southern province of Guangdong said in a statement.

    Under Chinese criminal law they could face execution. Chinese courts have a near-100 percent conviction rate and the death penalty can be imposed for smuggling, selling, transporting or manufacturing more than one kilogram of opium, 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of heroin or methamphetamine, or a “relatively large amount” of other drugs.

    A total of 400.5 kilograms (883 pounds) of cocaine was seized, a “record amount” for a single case anywhere in the country in recent years, the police statement said Monday. “A cross-border drug transportation, stocking and distributing chain controlled by Hong Kong drug traffickers was busted,” it said. It gave no estimate for the drug’s street value, but the official China Daily newspaper cited provincial drug enforcement chief Deng Jianwei as saying it was worth more than 334 million yuan ($52 million).

    Deng said the cocaine was shipped from South America. “Foreign traffickers are using Guangdong, which has advanced transportation networks, as a major transit center to distribute drugs to other nations and regions,” he said.

    The Manila Times/ April 18, 2016
    Photo: The Telegraph
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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


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