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Drugs barons executed

A DRUGS kingpin once on China's most-wanted list was executed this morning for manufacturing, transporting and selling more than 10 tons of drugs, the Supreme People's Court announced today.

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

A second drugs baron surnamed Liang was also executed this morning after police seized more than 166kg of ice from a rented workshop in Beijing in April, the court said.

Two more drug dealers had been executed earlier, the court said, without specifying the date of their deaths, according to

He Qibing was caught in October 2007 making the tranquilizer ketamine in a workshop in Sichuan, the court said. Police seized 25.57kg of ketamine and 5,500 liters of liquid ketamine as well as drug-making equipment.

Zhang Jianxun had also produced ketamine from late 2007 to early 2008 in southwest China's Sichuan Province, the court said.

He was caught on February 18 last year when police seized 43.24 kg of powdered ketamine and 4,200 litres of liquid ketamine among other raw materials.


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