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79-year-old accused over 8kg drug deal

AN elderly woman appearing in court yesterday accused of drug dealing told family members who were weeping in the public gallery not to cry.

Prosecutors in the Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People’s Court said 79-year-old Liu Juxiang, from central China’s Hubei Province, bought more than 8 kilograms of methamphetamine in the southern Guangdong Province to sell in Shanghai.

On trial with two alleged accomplices, Liu, who was wearing a gray jacket, appeared to tremble and have tears in her eyes as she took the stand.

Seeing relatives sobbing, Liu urged them “Don’t cry.”

Prosecutors said Liu went to Shenzhen in Guangdong in June and July with Wang Min, who was introduced to her by a friend.

They bought eight packages containing more than 8 kilograms of methamphetamine — also known as crystal meth — and brought it to Shanghai by car.

Prosecutors said they gave the drug to local resident Ge Genrong and asked him to sell it for them.

The trio were said to be conducting a drug deal in a hotel in Yangpu District on July 23, when police burst in on them.

Five kilograms of methamphetamine was seized in the car trunk.

At court, Liu said they got the drugs from her niece in Guangdong, paying 260,000 yuan (US$42,640).

Liu, who took her granddaughter on the trips, told the court that she only provided the drug source.

The court didn’t return a verdict yesterday.



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