Pubdate: Sat, 26 Jun 2004
Source: China Daily (China)
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Xinhua -- Dozens of drug dealers were sentenced to death in a series of 
drug-related criminal cases across China as the International Day Against 
Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking draws near.

In southwestern Yunnan province, Tan Minglin and three other people 
convicted of smuggling or selling five tons of drugs, including heroin and 
ephedrine, were executed after having all their belongings confiscated on 

South China's Guangdong province cracked a series of such drug- related 
criminal cases. Li Qingyuan was sentenced to death while his colleague Lu 
Guowu was sentenced a two-year stay of execution with all his property 
confiscated. Tan Zhong'an, another accomplice, was given a seven-year jail 
term and fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,200) by a local court in Shenzhen city, 
which neighbors on Hong Kong.

Four more drug-related suspects, including Liu Shenming, Ma Guoli, Wang 
Jianwei and Ye Yuezhen, were also executed respectively by courts in Fanyu, 
Huadu, Conghua districts, as well as a development zone of Guangzhou, 
capital city of Guangdong, on Friday.

Another Chen Xue'an and three other suspects accused of illegally 
purchasing 60 kg of drugs by raising over four million yuan (US$481,000) 
were sentenced to death in Wenzhou city of east China's Zhejiang province 
on Thursday.

Cars, mobile phones and over five million yuan (US$602,000) of illicit 
money involved in the case were also confiscated.

In Hangzhou, capital city of the province, a total of 17 suspects were 
declared guilty of smuggling drugs, two of which were AIDS/HIV carriers 
sentenced to death on the same day.

Shaanxi province, northwest China, totally cracked 4,200 such cases and 
arrested 2,595 suspects while seizing 21 kg of heroin, said a high official 
with the provincial public security bureau in a news conference held on Friday.

And the police in Urumqi, capital city of China's westernmost Xinjiang 
Uygur Autonomous Region, burned approximately 40 kilograms of heroin on 
Thursday. According to the Ministry of Public Security, China cracked a 
total of 546,900 drug-related criminal cases in the past five years from 
1998 to 2003, seizing a total of 51.03 tons of heroin and uprooting 427 
hectares of opium poppy.

Statistics show that 235,600 criminal suspects were arrested for producing, 
trafficking and selling drugs over the past five year period, and 52.43 
tons of "ice", or methamphetamine hydrochloride, 14.73 tons of opium and 
1,412.5 tons of chemicals that could be used to make drugs were confiscated 
in the same period.

A source with the ministry acknowledged that strike-hard policies of 
China's narcotics control units in combating drug-related crimes and 
highly-effective measures and substantial efforts of the related units and 
localities across China have paid off in the war on the drug-related 
criminal cases.

The building of drug-free villages and communities, as well as active 
involvement in the international narcotics control efforts were all 
attributed to the victory over drug-related crimes in the country.

However, efforts are urgently required to curb production and sales of 
drugs and stem the increase in the number of drug addicts to reduce the 
harmful effects of drugs.

China now boasts an anti-drug police force of about 17,000 members, and its 
central government has input more than 600 million yuan (US$72.55 million) 
for drug control efforts over the past five years.
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