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Pair sentenced to 15 years for meth sale

TWO drug traffickers were sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling and transporting six packs of methamphetamine, or "ice," weighing more than 150 grams, the Shanghai Railway Transportation Intermediate Court said yesterday.

The two convicts, Tu Wei, 44, and Zhang Jiazhu, 41, were also fined 65,000 yuan (US$10,270) under the court rule.

Prosecutors said Zhang took 45,000 yuan with him and boarded a train from the eastern city of Nanjing to central China's Wuhan to buy drugs on March 3 last year. Zhang said he met Tu in a local hotel where he took some sample drugs and decided to buy more from Tu.

After the deal was done, Zhang took a train back to Nanjing but was caught for acting suspiciously in a transit station in Hefei, Anhui Province. Police seized six packages of methamphetamine from Zhang, weighing a total of 152 grams, prosecutors said.

Zhang then led the police to apprehend Tu in Wuhan, the court heard.

Zhang had a previous criminal record, having been released in May 2010 after being jailed three times for forcible seizure, selling and transporting drugs, respectively.


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