China is not the place to be busted major weight of illegal drugs. Nine individuals caught recently with 400.5 kilos of cocaine may be facing their last days on Earth, due to harsh drug trafficking penalties in the “Land of the Rising Sun.” According to New Vision:
Under Chinese criminal law they could face execution. Chinese courts have a near-100 percent conviction rate and the death penalty can be imposed for smuggling, selling, transporting or manufacturing more than one kilogram of opium, 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of heroin or methamphetamine, or a “relatively large amount” of other drugs.
The authorities feel as though they’ve “smashed” a major drug trafficking organization. According to the South China Morning Post, the syndicate was controlled by a Hong Kong kingpin and was a one-stop shop for “cross-border delivery, storage and distribution.”
The cocaine was found in two flats owned by the suspects. On March 24, police discovered 140.2 kilos, in one. The next day, 260.3 keys were found in a flat one of the suspects was renting. The haul is said to have a street value of HK$600 million (about $77.3 million in American dollars). A total of nine” Hongkongers” were arrested. Several are believed to have strong ties to the triad.
This seizure is among the biggest in Chinese history. The largest occurred in 2012, when 649 kilos were seized, worth HK$760 million. In 2008, 538 kilos were seized, worth 500 million yuan.