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Woman carrying 1.08kg heroin to Shanghai gets life in prison

A 20-YEAR-OLD woman was sentenced to life in prison for hiding heroin weighing 1.08 kilograms in a down jacket and transporting the drugs from southwest China's Yunnan Pronvince to Shanghai, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court said yesterday.

The convict, surnamed Zhang, was caught at the Pudong International Airport after she walked off the plane and picked up her checked luggage on February 18.

Prosecutors said Zhang, a native of Yunnan Province, boarded the MU747 flight in Kunming City about 7am and arrived in Shanghai at 10am.

Police seized 36 packs of white powder wrapped in rubber packages, found to contain heroin 50.55 percent pure, the court heard.

Zhang said she was hired by a woman from northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and began transporting drugs last year. The dealer gave Zhang a commission from 5,000 yuan (US$783) to 12,000 yuan for each transaction.

Prosecutors said Zhang should be severely punished because she continued to work for the dealer to make a lot of money though she knew she was transporting drugs.

The court sentenced the young woman to life in jail instead of the death penalty, with consideration that she was hired to transport the drugs and made a frank confession.

According to the Chinese law, suspects who transport heroin of over 50 grams may face a jail term of at least 15 years or death.


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