China's 'Walter White' Faces Lifetime Imprisonment
A chemistry professor in Wuhan was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment for manufacturing illegal drugs and selling them overseas.
Zhang, an associate chemistry professor, and his partner Yang founded a company in 2005 that fronts as a manufacturer of medical coating and solvent. But the company actually produces methylone, a psychotropic drug that can cause euphoria.
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There was strong demand of psychotropic drugs overseas, and at the time, the medicines were not regulated in China. But it was added to the list of controlled substance in 2014. The company could not create a substitute, so they continued producing methylone and distributing it internationally.
They sent the products to clients under different names and they accepted Bitcoin for payment.
Customs officials found hallucinogen in parcels in 2014. Zhang and Yang, along with two other suspects, were arrested in June 2015.
The two reportedly made upwards of 4 million yuan annually from the illegal business. Yang received a death sentence with a two-year reprieve, while Zhang was punished with lifetime imprisonment.