China executes village-chief-turned-meth-kingpin

By Helene Fung

The Chinese government has executed Cai Dongjia, a 55 year-old Communist Party chief of a Chinese village which supplied one third of the country’s methamphetamine, according to Chinese state media Xinhua News.

It called Cai the “godfather” of Boshe village in Guangdong Province in South China, and reported that Cai abused his power as the most senior official in the village to produce drugs and provide protection for local dealers during his six-year tenure.

Cai was captured in 2013 during a raid in which 3,000 police officers arrested 182 suspects from 18 different drug rings, and seized three tonnes of crystal meth, more than half a tonne of ketamine and 23 tonnes of raw materials.

Cai then went on trial in 2016, and was found to have manufactured and sold 180 kilograms of crystal meth. He was also convicted of attempting to bribe police to free other arrested drug traffickers.

Cai was sentenced to death for smuggling and manufacturing drugs, and also for harbouring criminals.

 

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