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The Shenzhen Daily reports that two men have been arrested at Shenzhen International Airport after being discovered in possession of over 3,000 grams of heroin, worth an estimated 2.25 million RMB.
The passengers had flown in from an unidentified Southeast Asian country but are of Middle Eastern origin. One, a Jordanian, was discovered to have numerous bags of heroin in his luggage. His accomplice, a Palestinian, was more cunning, hiding his load in his bowels, but was discovered after demonstrating reluctance to go through an x-ray scanning machine.
Anyone convicted of trafficking more than 50 grams of heroin into China faces the death penalty. A mentally disabled British man, Akmal Shaikh, was executed in 2009 on charges of drug smuggling despite international pleas for clemency, the first European executed in China for 50 years. A South African woman was executed in December 2011 for smuggling methamphetamine.
According to airport customs officials the two men were both hired by overseas drug smugglers to act as mules for bringing heroin into Guangzhou. “There are still drug capsules inside their bodies. It will take time for them to discharge the rest of them” said one customs officer.
Despite numerous high-profile arrests of drug smugglers in airports, the majority of heroin in China is brought into the country overland from Burma, Tajikistan and Pakistan.
[Via: The Nanfang]
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