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Nine jailed in landmark US-China operation

Police stand guard outside the Xingtai Intermediate People’s court in Xingtai county north China’s Hebei province Thursday Nov. 7 2019 China sentences three in fentanyl trafficking case after US tip
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2019, 16:26

-Chinese probe related to fentanyl smuggling, and USA officials also hailed the verdict. She adds, "U.S. authorities have carried out three "major criminal arrests" in NY and OR as part of the same case". They arrested more than 20 criminal suspects and seized 11.9 kilograms (26.23 pounds) of fentanyl as well as 19.1 kilograms (42.11 pounds) of other drugs.

"China said the arrest of the nine individuals resulted from the first joint fentanyl investigation carried out with the U.S., beginning from a tip by U.S. Homeland Security", NPR's Emily Feng reports from Taipei, Taiwan. President Donald Trump had also accused China of not doing enough to stop the drug from being trafficked to the United States.

In September 2017, the United States authority shared the information with the Ministry of Public Security's Narcotics Control Bureau, and both sides agreed to coordinate in a joint narcotics investigation, Moore said. They include one death sentence suspended for two years and life in prison and lesser sentences for the others.

Chinese officials said they are pursuing three similar cases of fentanyl trafficking in partnership with USA law enforcement.

The court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and USA law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids.

China sentenced three nationals to maximum punishments for smuggling fentanyl to the USA, in one of its highest-profile moves yet against the illicit flow of opioids that President Donald Trump has made a bone of contention in broader trade talks between Washington and Beijing.

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Moore said Chinese police identified more than 50 USA residents who tried to buy fentanyl from the Xingtai organization.

A Chinese court sentenced at least nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and US law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids.

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"This further demonstrates the Chinese government's consistent attitude of zero tolerance towards drug crimes", he said. "It should not be related with the trade war or other political reasons". "It's about the life of human beings". Profit-seeking chemists have adroitly exploited regulatory loopholes by making small changes to the chemical structure of banned substances to create so-called analogs that are technically legal.

In April, China officially banned all forms of fentanyl, following through on a promise President Xi Jinping had made to Trump past year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in 2017 - the most recent full data available - that synthetic opioids, other than methadone, were linked to 28,000 deaths. Many people who became hooked on pain pills later moved to heroin.

Much of the world's fentanyl is believed to be made in China, and the drug had become a point of contention between the US and China as fentanyl-related overdose deaths rose in the United States.