Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dealin' By Mail From Xi'an

An explanation behind Xi'an's famous "potato chips."

From the Chinglish version of The People's Daily Online:

A couple in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, was jailed yesterday for exporting drugs labeled as "potato chips", the local court said yesterday.

Li Zhanfu and her husband Tian Guowei had been sending drugs abroad by mail since May 2006, according to the Xi'an Intermediate People's Court.

Li was sentenced to 15 years in jail and fined 1.26 million yuan ($185,000), and Tian to 13 years in jail and fined 1.04 million yuan.

Both were convicted of trafficking drugs and operating an illegal business, the General Administration of Customs said.

It was the first and biggest case of selling stimulants through the Internet and the post in Shaanxi to be cracked by Xi'an customs.

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Selling drugs over the internet from China... not a good idea.

Ever since those Opium Wars, China has not had the most liberal of drug policies.


Anonymous said...

Wow, thats no joke, up wards of 500,000 dollars and 10 plus years in jail for dealing drugs. I think you forgot the part about chopping their hands off and burning down thier friends homes. I guess fear will keep people away from drugs, not sure its the best way to curb the problem though, Truth is this is a punch in the dealers face too, kinda curious how they treat users, do they face the same penalties?

Mark said...

Not sure what happens to your non-dealing light user in China. Couldn't imagine it's too peachy though.