China-New York Jail Suspects In A Fentanyl Trafficking Case

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2019

In addition to intensely powerful fentanyl, the traffickers sold other drugs, including alprazolam - the benzodiazepine tranquilizer that's often sold under the brand name Xanax - and cathinone, a stimulant derived from leaves of the khat shrub.

Yu Haibin, a senior official with China's National Narcotics Control Commission, told reporters in the northern city of Xingtai, where the court case was heard, that Chinese and US law enforcement had worked together to break up the ring.

The photographs captured by the police show a chaotic scene with open containers of unidentified chemicals. Those leads prompted over 25 domestic investigations and have already resulted in three major criminal arrests and indictments in NY and OR, he said.

A Chinese court in the northern town of Xingtai on Thursday sentenced two people to prison, such as one suspended death sentence, for smuggling fentanyl to the USA.

China's narcotics bureau discovered in 2017 a criminal ring based in Shanghai and eastern Jiangsu province and seized 11.9kg of fentanyl, acting on a tip-off from U.S. border authorities, according to the court.

The Chinese court said it was the first time United States and Chinese officers had worked together on such a case.

A court in northern China sentenced one fentanyl trafficker to death and eight others for various jail sentences on Thursday after a drug bust that was the first collaboration between law enforcement officials in China and the us working to crack down globally on synthetic opioids. The group was responsible for shipping fentanyl to the USA and several other countries. Although an American official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was present and spoke at the event, Yu Haibing, deputy secretary general of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, stressed that useful information from U.S. law enforcement has been "limited" and said that the sentencings were in the context of China's strict regulation of drugs domestically.

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US President Donald Trump has criticized China for failing to stop illegal drug shipments to the US, and has called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to step up countermeasures.

In a three-month investigation, Chinese police arrested more than 20 people and raided a production center, the state-run China Daily reports.

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. "This case has nothing to do with the trade war", he said later in response to a question from Bloomberg.

"This further demonstrates the Chinese government's consistent attitude of zero tolerance towards drug crimes", he said.

Chinese officials have been at pains to emphasize the efforts they have made to expand drug controls and crack down on illicit suppliers, even though synthetic opioid abuse is not perceived to be a significant problem in China.

Mr Trump has claimed fentanyl kills "100,000 Americans a year".

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