Three Taiwanese drug dealers were executed in China on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday after being found guilty of smuggling and trafficking substantial amounts of prohibited drugs.
Chen Tien-lu (陳天祿), Hsu Fu-tai (許福泰) and Wang Chen-tsung (王鎮宗) were executed yesterday after orders were issued by the Fujian Province Supreme People’s Court.
Chen and Hsu were sentenced to death after being convicted of smuggling and transporting ketamine from Zhangzhou City in China’s Fujian Province to Taiwan several times in the summer of 2009. Wang was sentenced on similar charges and for drug dealing between 2009 and 2010.
Fujian Supreme People’s Court spokesperson Yan Chun (嚴峻) yesterday said that over the past five months, the number of drug-related cases in the province stood at 842.
According to a report by the China-based China News Service, the 842 criminal cases in that period tried have seen 1,133 people convicted.
Due to the geography of China’s coastal areas such as Fujian Province, the severity of its cross-border drug-related crimes has escalated in recent years, Yan said, with the proportion of Taiwanese involving in such infraction also increasing.