10 charged with drug smug­gling

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Ten Chi­nese cit­i­zens were charged on Tues­day with drug smug­gling in Aus­tralia af­ter of­fi­cials said they found a stash of co­caine worth more than $44 mil­lion on their ship. Last week, the Aus­tralian De­fense Force in­ter­cepted the 50-meter for­mer re­search ves­sel off the is­land state of Tas­ma­nia and found 186 kilo­grams of co­caine on board. If con­victed, the sus­pects could face a max­i­mum penalty of life in prison.

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