Chinese Executions Mark Anti-Drug Day
July 20, 2009 | by MDeeDubroff

June 26th marked a very special day for China. Established as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by the United Nations, the date has been traditionally honored as one that is set aside for both the conviction and execution of noted drug traffickers.

China means business and is steadfast in its resolve to combat the scourge of drugs and their deleterious effects on the health and welfare of society. In honor of this day, the state press claims that at least 20 people were executed, an equal number condemned to death and hundreds more put on trial.

Six convicted drug traffickers were executed in one day in Beijing and among those sentenced to death is a Nigerian man named Osonwa Okey Noberts, who was convicted of trafficking nearly six kilograms of heroin in a court in southern China’s Guangdong province.

More than 14,000 drug-related cases have been tried in courts across China between January and May, and the figures are up 12 percent from the same period last year. In total, nearly 6,400 people have been convicted of drug-related crimes and have received sentences ranging from five years in jail to death.

The police in China’s westernmost region, Xinjiang, have destroyed six tons of heroin, opium and hemp smuggled in from Afghanistan and Pakistan valued at 300 million yuan ($54 million US dollars)! They have been so efficient that now a new trend among drug traffickers is emerging; that of making drugs on the mainland instead of taking the risks of smuggling them in from the outside.

The incentive to find new and creative ways to smuggle and the promise of riches untold are always there as the “designer drugs,” such as Meth-Amphetamine, Ecstasy and Ketamine are very popular among the young and affluent Chinese, a segment of the population that views the use of these potentially lethal substances as “status symbols.”

“There is a growing trend toward making (illegal drugs) on the mainland instead of smuggling… from abroad. There are more cases of smuggling and trading of chemical raw materials for drug production,” says Zhang Jun, vice head of the Supreme People’s Court.

Will the Chinese drug traffickers adapt to this serious crack down in their environment like cockroaches do to every change in theirs, or will they be beaten so substantially that they will seek new territory to pillage and conquer?

And while not everyone can afford luxury rehab centers, their rich clients can, if only they actually want to seek treatment.

What do YOU think?




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
  • I would like to see all countries get rid of those making these drugs.They have ruined far too many lives.If it was only the drug users and makers I would be so rebid.It is the innocents that gets hurt.Many years ago in John Hoppkins an18 month old girl was brought in after haveing eaten her fathers stash.That child cried and screamed for two days anmd nights straight.She ended up with brain damage.No person or child should be hurt by anothers habits.

  • pacat : you sound propagandic. are you chinese? do you work for the gvt?

    • No, actually I'm Jewish

      • DUH??? I don't know who used my handle but please don't I get into a lot of trouble on my own thank you.
        The answer is no. I am just a person that has seen and knows too many children that have been harmed or killed with drugs.And yes,If I had my way I would personally shoot all drug dealers. I show no pity and have no pity for them

    • I don't see how being Chinese would make a difference when it comes to the war on drugs.

      What, does being against drugs make you a dirty Communist now?

  • Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them.

  • I think it's funny how people like pacat rage against drug dealers who sell methamphetamine and other drugs, yet international companies such as Novartis and Merck-Serono are allowed to produce and sell those same drugs legally, sometimes to children (such as Adderall, which is a mixture of different isomers of amphetamine). Now imagine what would happen to a parent who gives their children street amphetamine against their ADHD. The child would get taken away by CPS, the parents would land in jail. Makes sense, doesn't it?

  • Drugs are a world problem, but the Chinese are at least making an effort to stop it. Illegal drugs, (as opposed to medically approved drugs), kill people, thiose dealing in drugs can be said to be killers of innocent victims.

    Since the war on drugs began in China, incidents have dropped, not like in the USA where a past president was involved in dealing drugs with the infamous Oliver North, and supplying Americans with the stuff.

    Executions seem harsh, and perhaps there is a better way? But they do serve as a detterent. Wait until one of your loved ones is involved with drugs, or dies of drugs.

    I have visited China many times, and I do feel very safe there, even though the population is over 1.35 BILLION people, the Chinese government is doing what they have to. We shoul dbe looking at OUR problems here, and doing something about it!

  • I am a DEA agent. I was lucky enough to shoot and kill and teenaged drug offender a few years ago. It was the proudest moment of my life. I enjoyed it. I hope to get that opportunity again soon. Made me bust a nut. I am proud of those executioners in those photos. Give them cigars. Good job, men!

  • Heinz Guderian

    Mark, I am genuinely shocked by your extremely callous thoughts, especially regarding your disturbing zeal for killing others. True to the guiding principles of a fanatic, you appear incapable of changing your mind or for that matter the point; I hope for the world’s sake not all DEA agents are as bloodthirsty as you! Tobacco smoking kills between four and five million people globally every year, that’s not just a number, that’s a mountain of people every year, where is the war on tobacco? If you would take your socially conditioned blinkers off, you would see it actually is a WAR ON CERTAIN DRUGS, and certain vested interests e.g. big pharmaceutical companies don’t like competition for their products. Where is the protection for vulnerable poor communities, awash with cheap strong alcohol that’s destroying families and individuals slowly like a cancer? Humans are always going to be addicted to drugs, five thousand years of recorded history prove that, politicians need to stop the prohibition of drugs and stop twisting the drug issue to gain votes in the conservative and religious heartlands! For example look how alcohol prohibition in America 1920-1933 massively aggravated the problem and gave rise to the likes of Al Capone. I know already that these facts will not change your mind, because you are a fanatic and Hitler was not incorrect in proclaiming ‘Faith is harder to fight than logic’, just look at the Taliban.

  • It is just like anything else. Whatever brings money, someone is going to die. Look it up~! Very sad, but true.

  • @G-Man no, but it seems ironic from a country that executed hundreds of million people without a fair trial

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