Chemist on trial over pro­hib­ited sub­stance

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

An as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of chem­istry and three oth­ers stood trial on Mon­day at Wuhan In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Hubei prov­ince on a charge of man­u­fac­tur­ing and smug­gling strictly-con­trolled psy­chotropic drugs.

The pro­fes­sor, sur­named Zhang, who taught at a renowned univer­sity in Wuhan, al­legedly started a drug com­pany with his friend to man­u­fac­ture psy­chotropic drugs, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Chutian Metropo­lis Daily.

The drugs were ex­ported mainly to Europe and the United States, and brought in monthly rev­enue of about $600,000, it said.

Zhang and the other three, ar­rested last year, are fac­ing charges of man­u­fac­tur­ing and smug­gling pro­hib­ited drugs af­ter the con­tra­band was in­ter­cepted by Wuhan Cus- toms at Tianhe air­port in 2014.

The pro­hib­ited drugs smug­gled by the four amounted to 31.9 kg, the pa­per re­ported.

Founded in 2005, Zhang’s com­pany be­gan to man­u­fac­ture psy­chotropic drugs and de­velop new forms of drugs, no­tably methy­lone, a strong stim­u­lant that can cause delu­sions, nose bleeds, nausea, skin rashes, anx­i­ety or even death, ex­perts said.

It has been in­cluded on China’s list of strictly-con­trolled psy­chotropic drugs, but tempted by huge profit mar­gins, the group con­tin­ued to il­le­gally man­u­fac­ture and smug­gle the drug.

The raw ma­te­ri­als were ob­tained through ir­reg­u­lar chan­nels and they faked the name of the goods to pass cus­toms in­spec­tion. The four have ad­mit­ted their crimes.

The ver­dict has yet to be an­nounced.

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