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Man admits to transporting, selling 26kg of drugs

A MAN admitted to transporting and selling narcotics to a drug dealer in Shanghai during a trial yesterday at Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court.

The two men were charged with transporting 26 kilograms of methamphetamine and ketamine from Shenzhen to Shanghai.

Prosecutors said Liang Guoyong, 38, was based in Shenzhen while Shi Runqiang, 48, was his partner in Shanghai. The pair successfully transported 3 kilograms of ketamine and methamphetamine, or ice, in two different shipments to Shanghai in April 2012 by bribing the driver of a long-distance bus.

Liang told the court he became acquainted with Shi via another drug dealer in 2011.

"I was clean then," Liang testified. "I started to take drugs to release myself from the pressure of a business failure and never thought I would get involved in transporting drugs."

The court heard Liang sold the drugs to Shi for 220,000 yuan (US$35,296) per kilogram, earning a profit of 15,000 yuan per kilogram.

Liang said he had decided to quit after those drug deals with Shi. However, his boss, Yu Fangjian, threatened to "expose me to the police and harm my family," Liang told the court.

Liang then agreed to transport another 13 kilograms of ice and ketamine via a long-distance bus to Shanghai. The shipment was seized by Shanghai police. He then hid 10 kilograms of drugs in a package that he sent to Shanghai, the court heard.

Those drugs were seized by Shanghai police at an express delivery outlet in the Pudong New Area after officers caught Shi and a drug buyer, named Chen Bin, on May 11, 2012.

Liang was caught by Shenzhen police at his rented place the next day. Officers seized more than 6 kilograms of ice and ketamine in his house, the court heard.

During yesterday's hearing, Liang admitted transporting and selling drugs to Shi, but denied he had anything to do with the 6 kilograms of ice seized in his house.

Meanwhile, Shi admitted to the court he was involved in the first two successful deals with Jiang, but not the other shipments. The court didn't announce a verdict yesterday.


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