Express delivery of illegal drugs, security concerns keep prosecutors busy

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Issues related to public security and online ordering and express delivery of new types of drugs have become major concerns for prosecutors in Shanghai.

Ti Gong

Jing’an District prosecutors are checking a problematic manhole cover.

Public security

Prosecutors in some neighborhoods, including Jing’an, Putuo, and Yangpu, dealt with missing manhole covers on streets and alleys, focusing on public safety concerns in the city.

During the year, Jing’an District prosecutors received real-time information about broken and missing manhole covers through the citizens’ hotline “12345” and other monitoring platforms. in line. In typical cases, even blankets broken by heavy vans could be recovered by the relevant services under their supervision.

Putuo District prosecutors have investigated more than 1,321 manhole-related cases since the start of this year.

Yangpu prosecutors have released details of a typical case in June this year when a boy was injured in the leg in Yangpu District due to a missing manhole cover.

Manhole cover problems can lead to serious injury and death among pedestrians. Prosecutors have therefore strengthened communication with local authorities such as city inspectors and the construction and transport commission, to identify the attribution of liability and broaden the oversight of means of preventing such accidents.

Express delivery of illegal drugs, security concerns keep prosecutors busy

A prosecutor advises on the demolition of an old garage in the district of Putuo.

Other issues affecting public safety, such as obstructing blind lanes and throwing objects from height, are also central concerns for prosecutors in Putuo. They helped a residential complex demolish a dilapidated garage, which could lead to serious public safety accidents.

Express delivery of illegal drugs, security concerns keep prosecutors busy

Ti Gong

A man, surnamed Gu, was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan (US $ 785) by the Putuo People’s Court for endangering public security.

Putuo prosecutors are behind the city’s first public security trial.

It was about a bus driver who had asked an unmasked passenger to get off the bus. When another passenger disagreed with the order, his feud with the driver involved a fight for control of the steering wheel.

The passenger surnamed Gu who started the fight was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan (US $ 785). No passengers were killed or injured in the incident

Qingpu District prosecutors also focused on security concerns during the year.

Two people died, two were injured, and losses estimated at over 6 million yuan were incurred in a fire at an express delivery company in the outskirts of Qingpu District. Six people in charge of the company were jailed between 1.5 and 2.5 years, according to the district prosecutor’s office.

Qingpu prosecutors charged 91 people in 41 cases between 2017 and 2020, a number that is increasing every year, they said on Monday.

New type of drugs

Although the total number of drug-related cases declined thanks to the efforts of city prosecutors, the number of new types of cases continued to increase.

This is particularly the case in the new mode of trafficking involving drugs obtained by express delivery.

Prosecutors in the urban districts of Putuo and Jing’an have found that traffickers put synthetic cannabinoids in the liquid of e-cigarettes that are sold through online social apps and delivered by express parcel. These are proving difficult to find and trace.

ADB-BUTINACA, normally used in research and forensic applications, has been listed as a drug controlled since July by the National Narcotics Control Committee.

China is the first country in the world to list 18 new psychoactive substances as controlled drugs. Last month, the committee released a new conversion chart covering ketamine and seven types of synthetic cannabinoids.

In the table, 1 gram of ketamine is equivalent to 0.1 gram of heroin; one gram of seven kinds of synthetic cannabinoids is equivalent to between 0.2 and 5 grams of heroin.

In a typical case published by prosecutors in Jing’an, a man was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 7,000 yuan for trafficking in total 28.89 grams of synthetic cannabinoids.

Putuo prosecutors have investigated nine people in four cases related to the synthetic cannabinoid since the controls were introduced.

In addition, a drug dealer who has trafficked drugs repeatedly only served one year and three months in prison, far less than the legal sentence of over three years.

Qingpu prosecutors found in reviews of drug-related cases that drug-related criminals face extremely light sentences, some involving possible judicial abuse of the law.

Therefore, corrections were applied in the cases of a pregnant woman named Huang and a man named Fan, each for multiple drug trafficking offenses.

Express delivery of illegal drugs, security concerns keep prosecutors busy

Ti Gong

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