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Death sentence for drug-dealing official

A TOURISM official in southwest China's Sichuan Province has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking.

Luobu Wojie, 42, has appealed to a higher court in Yunnan Province against the verdict, today's Life News newspaper reported.

Luobu Wojie was made vice director of the tourism bureau of Jinyang County in Sichuan's Liangshan Yi Ethnic Prefecture last March.

It was only four months after the promotion that the vice director was found to be involved in drug trafficking, the report said.

The official took leave from his office in July and went with two others to Yunnan's Ruili City, which is on the border with Myanmar, to buy drugs. He deposited 54,000 yuan (US$7,908.84) on a bankcard to cover the costs.

The gang headed back to Sichuan's Panzhihua City having bought six heroin bars weighing 2,159 grams.

One man, Biqu Labu, went home when they arrived at Yunnan's Baoshan City, leaving Luobu Wojie and another man, Biqu Sejia, to continue transporting the drugs.

In Yunnan's Dayao County, Luobu Wojie and Biqu Sejia rented a car. They ran into a police check as they drove through a toll station on the night of August 8.

The frightened pair jumped out of the car and ran off, leaving the drugs behind.

Luobu Wojie was caught by the police after sprinting for 30 meters but his partner managed to escape.

Police seized the drugs.

They later caught Biqu Labu and Biqu Sejia.

Because he was the leader, Luobu Wojie was sentenced to death on April 7 by the intermediate court of Chuxiong Yi Ethnic Prefecture.

Biqu Labu received a life sentence for his supporting role.

The Life News report did not say what happened to Biqu Sejia.


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