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Lengthy jail sentence for transporting heroin pills

A 28-YEAR-OLD man who secreted 55 tablets of heroin in his body and attempted to transport them to Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, was sentenced to 13 years in jail with two-year deprivation of political rights and fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,360) for transporting drugs, the Shanghai Railway Transport Intermediate Court announced yesterday.

The 55 tablets, weighing about 318.9 grams, all tested positive as heroin, with the content ranged from 54.8 to 57.7 percent. 

The drugs were secreted by both being swallowed and placed in the anus.

His “boss” is still being sought by police.

According to the court, the man surnamed Qin from Guizhou Province traveled from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, to Kunming, Yunnan Province, in October last year after being promised well-paid courier work. Qin hid 55 tablets of drugs by swallowing them and placing them in the anus. 

On October 17, he took a flight from Xishuangbanna to Hangzhou and transferred to a train from Hangzhou to Xi’an. When the train stopped at the Changxing Railway Station in Huzhou City, Qin, who had been targeted by railway police, was arrested.

Meanwhile, in a case released by prosecutors in Jiading District, a man surnamed Cai, who bought two packets of methamphetamine and resold one to a friend, Yin, has been sentenced to five-month detention and fined 1,000 yuan.

Zhang, the seller, who is now being dealt with in separate case, stored the drugs in a self-service package locker, which were later picked by Cai’s roommate, Lin. Zhang was found to have used the same method to sell drugs previously.

Cai, 34, a returnee with master’s degree, became a drug addict several years ago. 

On December 21 last year, he contacted Zhang through Lin and told his friend Yin about it. Yin then paid him 1,000 yuan for drugs and Cai gave the money to Lin along with another 1,000 yuan of his own. 

Lin used the money to buy two packets of methamphetamine for them and got the drugs from the self-service package locker.

Cai later surrendered to police, confessing to taking drugs but said nothing about the drug trafficking. However, after his friend Yin was arrested, Yin reported Cai’s drug dealing.


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