In joint case with US, China jails nine fentanyl smugglers

China sentences three in fentanyl trafficking case after US tip

The traffickers had advertised fentanyl and other illegal drugs online with the promise of reliable shipping to the USA and other countries. They arrested more than 20 criminal suspects and seized 11.9 kilograms (26.23 pounds) of fentanyl as well as 19.1 kilograms (42.11 pounds) of other drugs.

The Xingtai Intermediate People's Court in Hebei province imposed the most severe penalties on three people accused of leading the ring. The investigation reportedly also led to arrests and indictments in NY and Oregon.

After the sentences were announced, a senior Chinese official told reporters that the accused had been smuggling fentanyl to the USA, adding that Chinese authorities had acted on information provided by a USA government body in China in 2017.

Nine members of a Chinese narcotic production ring have been sent to prison for smuggling the drugs into the United States, authorities said Thursday. One of them, Liu Yong, received a death sentence that is suspended for two years (meaning his punishment can be reconsidered in 2021).

The court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and USA law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. He said the case should not be connected to politics or the trade war, and the timing of the sentencing was the result of the legal process.

The court in northern Hebei province described the case as the first successful joint U.S.

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.


"Drug crime is the public enemy of all humankind", he added.

In September 2017, the United States authority shared the information with the Ministry of Public Security's Narcotics Control Bureau, and both sides agreed to coordinate in a joint narcotics investigation, Moore said. "It's about the life of human beings".

A Chinese court sentenced at least nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and USA law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids.

In 2016, when synthetic opioids overtook prescription opioids as the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths in the USA, illegal fentanyl was the primary cause, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Law enforcement officials said the Xingtai network operated with a sales force that spoke English and included online marketing, contract manufacturing, and sophisticated export operation.

Officials in the US are hopeful that China's decision earlier this year to outlaw the unsanctioned distribution of all fentanyl-like drugs as a class will help constrain supply and make it easier to prosecute Chinese dealers.

Related News:

  • Will Mason Mount play for Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

    Will Mason Mount play for Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

    Jorginho is suspended for this game while Mason Mount is also an injury doubt thereby leaving Lampard a bit short-handed in the midfield area.
    Trio of opposition parties agree electoral pact

    Trio of opposition parties agree electoral pact

    Last time round the Lib Dems were third but they expect to overtake Labour in a constituency which is largely pro-Remain.
    Morgam, Malan floor New Zealand with record breaking partnership

    Morgam, Malan floor New Zealand with record breaking partnership

    This is also the second-highest total by any team against New Zealand , behind Australia's 245 for 5 in Auckland past year . And, having reached his half-century from 31 balls, he accelerated sharply to record his century just 17 deliveries later.
  • Cyclone 'Bulbul' to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts

    Cyclone 'Bulbul' to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts

    Cyclone "Bulbul", now moving at a speed of 13 kilometres per hour, may intensify further by Saturday, Biswas said. A monitoring cell has been opened at Nabanno, the state secretariat, to keep an eye on the situation.
    Explainer: What to expect from the televised Trump impeachment hearings next week

    Explainer: What to expect from the televised Trump impeachment hearings next week

    Democrats want the broadest possible public support should they choose to formally impeach Trump, which could happen by December. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said Williams was asked about Pence's September visit to Warsaw, Poland, where he met Zelinskiy.
    Newcastle United fans react to Granit Xhaka transfer link

    Newcastle United fans react to Granit Xhaka transfer link

    Barcelona's board believe they can lure the 30-year-old away from North London as they can offer him Champions League football. Notably, Xhaka was named the captain in the month of September after his teammates had voted him to lead them.
  • Here are the best deals from Target’s pre-Black Friday sale

    Here are the best deals from Target’s pre-Black Friday sale

    Target shoppers will have access to some of the Black Friday sale items during the event that will last all day both days. Here's everything you need to know about shopping at Target and when to snag the best savings this holiday season.

    EU's Von Der Leyen Selects Romanian MEP To Serve On Commission

    France's candidate Thierry Breton and Hungary's Oliver Varhelyi are also yet to undergo the European Union parliament's vetting. Romania's nomination for commissioner threatens the balance of political forces in the proposed by Ursula von der Leyen cabinet.
    Breakthrough reported in vaping illness outbreak investigation

    Breakthrough reported in vaping illness outbreak investigation

    Numerous injured also reported using counterfeit or black-market products containing THC, notably those marketed as "Dank Vapes". The CDC has said that in a small percentage of confirmed illnesses, patients had reported using nicotine-only products.
  • Selena Gomez takes little sister to 'Frozen 2' premiere

    Selena Gomez takes little sister to 'Frozen 2' premiere

    In the caption, she also wrote about how she hoped that she was officially the best big sister ever. Gracie wore white flats while Selena wore her dress with peep-toe heels.
    Five-judge Constitution bench to deliver verdict in Ayodhya case tomorrow

    Five-judge Constitution bench to deliver verdict in Ayodhya case tomorrow

    In the run up to Ayodhya verdict , efforts have been made by various people and organisations to maintain harmonious atmosphere. Hindus make up about 80 per cent of India's 1.3 billion population while there are about 200 million Muslims.
    Join astronomers to watch Mercury Transit

    Join astronomers to watch Mercury Transit

    Unlike its 2016 transit, Mercury will score a near bull's-eye this time, passing practically dead center in front of our star. Observers in eastern Asia, southern and south-eastern Asia, and Australia will not be able to see the transit.


Most liked

Xiaomi Launches Mi Note 10 in Europe From €549
Redmi Note 8T's waterdrop notched display comes with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Gizmo China reported Xiaomi's latest additions are the world's first 108-megapixel Penta camera smartphones.

Congolese 'Terminator' warlord to be sentenced at ICC
Judge Robert Flemr justified the sentence with the fact that the crimes committed by Ntaganda had been "particularly cruel". During the past two decades, he's fought with an alphabet soup of different militias and armies in both Rwanda and Congo.

2 dead, 7 missing in Australia wildfires
Residents could not yet return because of the dangers of fire, smoke and loose asbestos in the rubble, the statement said. The RFS last night said they weren't able to help everyone who called because of the "magnitude and speed of the fires".

KFC proposal goes viral; now Mzansi Twitter wants to find mystery couple
However, many companies have offered help to support their wedding. "I'll get in touch with it really like", he mentioned. Hector told South African media he would "like to have a small event to celebrate his wife but the budget is tight".

Brazil Justice Minister says ruling that could free Lula must be respected
Lula will spend his first day of freedom visiting the metalworkers' union he once led near Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city. The decision appears to cover Da Silva, whose attorneys said they will request his release Friday.

Terry Bogard Now Available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Terry Bogard's addition to the roster will inject even more vary into the memoir sequence of heated battles in Tidy Smash Bros . To convert your replays, go to the "Vault, then "Replays", "Replay Data", and "Convert to Video" before updating".

U.S. Republicans mull adding Trump defender Jordan to impeachment panel
Mark Meadows and Rep. "We'll see if he gives us any of our witnesses", Jordan told reporters on Thursday . A statement from McCarthy argued that the intel panel has become the "partisan impeachment committee".

Quarter of nasal spray flu vaccines for children delayed
Preventing the spread of influenza is important in protecting infants, who can not be vaccinated immediately following birth. Three other clinics will open throughout the flu season to help spread the word about the importance of vaccinations.

Why You Got Weird Text Messages The Other Day
A spokesperson said T-Mobile was aware of the issue and it has since been resolved. Syniverse didn't immediately respond to a request for more details.

Jim Jordan Appointed to House Intel Panel to Fight Impeachment
Jordan has fiercely defended Trump from his critics, especially the Democrats in charge of the impeachment probe, which he has called a "ridiculous charade".

Vanna White Is Stepping Up During Pat Sajak's Recovery
Wheel of Fortune was forced to pull the plug on taping Thursday after Sajak was hospitalized with a blocked intestine. Taping resumed today and veteran sidekick Vanna White assumed the hosting duties.

Major Google Pixel 4 camera feature now landing on older models
So it's no wonder that the Black Friday deal for the most leaked handset in the history of smartphones has leaked ahead of time. The original Pixels and Pixel XLs weren't included in Google's November round of security updates.

Home Ministry clarifies reason for revoking Aatish Taseers OCI card
There was no question of concealing my father: "his name is on the document, and I have written about him extensively". Writing for Time magazine in May, Taseer had wondered if India could endure another five years of the Modi government.

S&P 500, Dow open at record highs on trade deal optimism
JPMorgan Chase climbed 1.2%. -China trade war had agreed to roll back tariffs on each other's goods if talks continue to progress. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 0.7 per cent at 27,674.80, about 180 points above the all-time high of two days ago.

Mobile promises consumer benefits if Sprint deal OK’d
T-Mobile will offer free 5G to first responders for 10 years if its merger with Sprint closes, CEO John Legere announced Thursday. The offer is contingent on the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint closing next year, and would roll out under the New T-Mobile.