2008-06-25 03:48:27 GMT 2008-06-25 11:48:27 (Beijing Time) Shenzhen Daily
TWO drug dealers were executed and 20 others jailed in Shenzhen yesterday, just days before International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on Thursday.
The 20 were given jail terms of up to life imprisonment by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court. The 22 convicted had been involved in seven drug trafficking cases.
Most of those jailed were in their 20s and natives of Jiexi in Guangdong. Their charges included trafficking, transporting and manufacturing heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, caffeine and ecstasy pills.
Zhuang Junwei and He Shihong, the two Sichuan natives who were executed yesterday, were convicted of drug trafficking. They were caught in Shenzhen in November 2001. Police seized 16.3 kg of heroin worth 15 million yuan (US$2 million) and processing equipment at their home.
Zhuang and He started drug trafficking in 2001, selling 10.1 kg of heroin in October, the court said.
According to China’s criminal law, people who smuggle, traffic, transport or manufacture more than 50 grams of heroin will suffer the death penalty.
In another case, Zhang Yushun, Xia Hong, Guo Yuanpeng and Li Wen were convicted of trafficking, transporting and manufacturing mixed drugs with methamphetamine, caffeine and ketamine in 2007.
Three were sentenced to life imprisonment while Guo was jailed for 15 months.
On the same day, Shenzhen police destroyed 2.76 tons of drugs.