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Drug kings put on ice, permanently

A MAN on China's top-tier wanted list was executed on Monday for manufacturing, transporting and selling more than 12 tons of drugs, the Supreme People's Court announced yesterday.

Policeman-turned drug baron Liu Zhaohua, 44, produced 12.66 tons of crystallized methamphetamine, also known as ice, and 15 kilograms of amphetamine, the court said.

Liu started the drug business with partner Chen Wenyin in June 1996 in a workshop in his hometown in Fu'an City of east China's Fujian Province after working out drug-making technology after a year of experiments, reported yesterday.

Chen Wenyin was caught by police on July 5 that year when making a deal in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian. Police seized 5kg of amphetamine after that bust.

In May 1998, Liu found a new partner, Chen Bingxi, and began a bigger trade. Again Liu took charge of the manufacturing part while Chen Bingxi handed sales. In the next two months, they produced 300kg of ice.

In October, they moved the workshop from Puning in Guangdong to Yinchuan City of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region for expanded production. They sold the drug to Guangzhou, Puning and other cities in south China's Guangdong Province until a police raid in November 1999 when 11.08 tons of ice were seized in the workshop.

In the same month, police seized 1.28 tons of ice hidden in Chen Bingxi's hometown of Puning where the drugs were to be refined.

In October, Liu transferred some of the raw materials and manufacturing equipment from the Yinchuan workshop to Shanghai, where they were seized by local police.

Liu was then included on China's top-tier wanted list. He was caught by police in March 2005 and sentenced to death in November 2006.

Chen Bingxi was executed in January this year.

Liang Ruinan, another kingpin executed yesterday, manufactured drugs since March 2006 in a rented workshop in Beijing, the court said. Police seized 166.45kg of ice in the workshop in April.

Liang was sentenced to death while his partner, Chen Bing, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.


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