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Chinese jailed over fentanyl smuggling to America

A joint US-China investigation has led to nine Chinese nationals being jailed in China for smuggling fentanyl into the US.

15 Nov 2019

A joint US-China investigation has led to nine Chinese nationals being jailed in China for smuggling fentanyl into the US.

It is the first time officers from both countries had worked on such a case together.

The investigation and subsequent arrests followed US President Donald Trump publicly claiming China was not doing enough to stop the opioid being smuggled into America.

Of the nine jailed, one was given a suspended death sentence and life in prison; two other others were given life sentences; and the rest were given sentences between six months and 10 years in prison.

A White House statement from the Office of National Drug Control Policy praised the “concrete action” taken by China.

“We look forward to further cooperation to stop the flow of these deadly substances into the United States,” the statement said.

The operation began in August 2017 and involved a “cooperating defendant” and a sting that led to the arrests.

The investigation also led to three major criminal arrests in the US.

President Trump has claimed fentanyl kills "100,000 Americans a year,” but official figures put the number at about 28,000.

 


Published: 15 Nov 2019