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Man jailed, fined for possessing illegal drugs

A MAN convicted of possession of illegal drugs and providing shelter for others to take narcotics was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, Jing'an District People's Court said yesterday.

The court also fined Chen Hang 8,000 yuan (US$1,287).

Prosecutors said police raided Chen's rented house in Jing'an District after neighbors complained that different men and women frequented his house and the windows were always covered by curtains.

Chen was at home when police knocked at the door on October 17. He pushed away a policeman, tried to escape and was caught by backup officers, prosecutors said.

The court heard police found a young woman from Southeast Asia in the room and some drugs.

Police raided the house again the same evening after receiving a report that prostitutes were in the apartment. They caught three more women and seized 29 packs of drugs weighing 75.26 grams.

A test found the powder, crystals and pills contained methamphetamine, ketamine, cannabis, caffeine and nimetazepam, which is a hypnotic drug with sedative effects.

The women's urine tested positive for methamphetamine, prosecutors told the court.

The four women, all from Southeast Asian countries, came to China with tourist visas. They said Chen had sold them the drugs and let them take the narcotics in his house.

The women worked as waitresses or singers in bars. They were fined and deported, the court said. Chen was not charged with selling drugs due to a lack of evidence.


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