The Supreme People's Court on Monday released to public three major drug trafficking cases and announced that five drug traffickers involved have been executed.
Monday is the International Anti-drug Day.
According to a court verdict, the accused Lian Yongming, together with Wu Bing, Liu Hongwei, Su Chuwen, set up a drug purchase, transport, storage and selling network in cities of Chongqing, Shanghai and Wuxi.
The defendant Lian Yongming and his accomplices were involved in the selling and transport of a total of 20,284.01 grams of heroin in ten separate cases, and in selling 1,402 grams of heroin in nine separate cases by himself or together with others.
The accused Wu Bing transported and arranged others to receive and sell a total of 16,317 grams of heroin in eight separate cases and sold 100 grams of heroin himself.
The defendant Liu Hongwei involved in transportation of 10,825 grams of heroin in five cases and the accused Su Chuwen received and stored 8,817 grams of heroin in four separate cases and sold 1,436 grams of heroin.
The police organs seized 6,381.01 grams of heroin after the gang was arrested, while the remaining drugs have all been sold out.
The Intermediate People's Court of Wuxi City, in east China's Jiangsu Province sentenced the four defendants to death on July 8, 2005. The four defendants appealed. On Feb 17, 2006, the Jiangsu Provincial Higher People's Court rejected the appeal and upheld the original sentence. And the Supreme People's Court reviewed the case.
The four drug traffickers were executed on Monday, the International Anti-Drug Day.
In another major drug case, the defendant Qin Tengjun, together with his accomplices, produced and transported 18.214 kg of "ice" or methamphetamine hydrochloride since October 2002 and illegally carried weapons, such as guns and ammunitions.
All the "ice" and weapons have been sized by the police organs.
The Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province sentenced Qin to death for producing, transporting and storing "ice". Qin appealed but was rejected by the Guangdong Provincial Higher People's Court. The Supreme People's Court reviewed the case.
Qin was executed on June 23, 2006.
In another drug case released by the Supreme People's Court on the International Anti-drug Day, the defendant Zhou Jianjun asked his accomplice Ma Xingcai to buy heroin in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province. Zhou gave Ma 132,000 yuan to obtain 762 grams of heroin and stored the drug in his mother's home in Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Ma has been arrested and given a prison term.
The police organ seized all the drugs and arrested Zhou.
After being arrested, Zhou reported important clues that helped police arrest another seven drug traffickers and seize 178 grams of heroin.
The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced Zhou to death on Nov. 17, 2004. Zhou appealed but was rejected by the higher people's court of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
And then Zhou's case was transferred to the Supreme People's Court for review. The Supreme People's Court commuted the death sentence to death with two-year reprieve, considering Zhou contributed important clues in interrogation.
Statistics from the Supreme People's Court showed that Chinese courts accepted and handled a total of 47,232 cases on drug crimes and concluded 45,587 cases from January 2005 to May 2006. 53,205 defendants were given sentences, 22,371 of whom were given more than five years imprisonment, life imprisonment or death sentence
Jiang Xingchang, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court said on Monday that Chinese courts will continue to strike hard on drug crimes to maintain law and order.
China had 785,000 drug addicts at the end of 2005, 89 percent of whom were addicted to heroin, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Public Security.
Chen Cunyi, deputy secretary-general of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said professional drug smuggling gangs have emerged in China. They colluded with overseas drug trafficking gangs and brought drugs from overseas. They set up drug selling network all over the country, taking the cities of Kunming, Dali, Guangzhou and Shenzhen as the transit centers. In order to transfer drugs, the gangs always carried weapons or hid drugs in their bodies.
"Although the planted area of opium poppy in the Golden Triangle has reduced, most of the heroin produced in the region is trafficked to China," Chen said at a press conference of the Information Office of the State Council.
He said the production and smuggling of new drugs such as methamphetamine, or "ice", have been increasing in recent years. Many regions in China have reported finds of "ice" produced in Myanmar.
Chen also warned that there is a growing threat of drug trafficking from the Golden Crescent region of central Asia, especially Afghanistan.
Chinese government has tightened drug enforcement at major railway stations and airports, as well as on borders with the Golden Triangle countries and the Golden Crescent countries.