Frenchman gets life for drug smuggling in China

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

BEIJING, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) - A French man has been given life in prison in China for smuggling 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of the hallucinogenic drug ketamine into the country, the Information Times newspaper reported Saturday.

BEIJING, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) - A French man has been given life in prison in China for smuggling 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of the hallucinogenic drug ketamine into the country, the Information Times newspaper reported Saturday.

Thao Phoumy Chan, 43, was convicted Friday of taking the drugs into southern China with the help of his Hong Kong accomplice, the Guangdong newspaper reported. Feng Weiming, 45, was also sentenced to life in prison.

Ketamine, originally used as a horse tranquilliser, has grown in popularity as a party drug in recent years and is now as widely used as ecstasy.

AFP

Subject: French news

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