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2 get death in trafficking 26kg of drugs

TWO men were sentenced to death yesterday for transporting narcotics weighing over 26 kilograms from Shenzhen City and selling them in Shanghai, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court ruled.

Prosecutors said Liang Guoyong, 38, was based in Shenzhen while Shi Runqiang, 48, was his partner in Shanghai.

In one case, the pair transported 3kg of the powerful sedative ketamine and the highly addictive stimulant methamphetamine, also called meth or ice, in two different shipments to Shanghai in April 2012 by bribing a long-distance bus driver.

Liang told the court he sold drugs to Shi for 220,000 yuan (US$35,420) per kilogram, earning a profit of 15,000 yuan per kilogram.

In May, Liang sent another 23kg of ice and ketamine hidden in boxes via a long-distance bus to Shanghai. Shi was caught by Shanghai police at an express delivery outlet in the Pudong New Area after officers found the drugs in a shipment.

Liang was caught by Shenzhen police at his home the next day. Officers seized more than 6kg of ice and ketamine in his house, the court said. During the trial, Liang admitted transporting and selling drugs to Shi, but denied he had anything to do with the 6kg seized at the house.

The court said the amount of drugs that Liang and Shi transported was so large that they deserved the death penalty.

According to the Chinese Criminal Law, convicts who have smuggled, transported, sold or made more than 50 grams of methamphetamine could face a jail term of 15 years to life in prison, or death, depending on the amount of drugs.


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