A Chinese drug lord, known as the godfather of crystal meth, was executed today.
Former communist officer, Cai Dongjia was the former leader of Boshe village in the Guangdong Province.
He used his political power to make crystal meth, also known as methamphetamine, and to provide protection to local drug dealers, according to Xinhua News Agency.
During the six year term of Dongjia, Boshe grew into the infamous village of drugs & # 39; in China and at one point produced one third of the crystal meth supply in the country.
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A photo released by China & # 39; s Nanfang Legal Newspaper shows Cai Dongjia during a trial in December 2015 in Foshan. He was sentenced to death by the Guangdong Supreme Court
The photo shows some of the suspects who were caught during a drug failure in December 2013. Around 3000 armed officers, speedboats and helicopters were deployed during Boshe's invasion.
Dongjia was sentenced to death in August at the age of 55 after being arrested in 2013 during the biggest drug attack in China's history.
The news about his execution comes less than a week after a Canadian citizen, 36-year-old Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was sentenced to death by a Chinese drug trafficking court.
Schellenberg's capital punishment has rekindled the political tensions between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver last December. It has also brought international attention to the death penalty in contemporary China.
Foshan Intermediate Court executed Cai today after receiving an order from the Supreme People & # 39; s Court in China, according to an online Foshan court statement.
Police cars are seen during a robbery involving three tons of crystal meth in Boshe, Lufeng, Guangdong Province, December 29, 2013. It is China & # 39; s largest drug bomb
Boshe, the village where Cai used to run, is small.
It covers 133 hectares and is less than a third of the size of Hyde Park in London.
However, the village once had no fewer than 77 pharmaceutical factories, all supported by corrupt Dongjia, who was the secretary of the Communist Party and head of Boshe.
All residents of Boshe share the same ancestors and are nicknamed Cai, making it easier for them to form a tight drug ring.
It is said that hundreds of Boshe residents – from children to pensioners – participated in the production, sale and transport of crystal meth from their homes.
These illegal factories were guarded by AK47 residents, sometimes as young as 18, who were extremely hostile to outsiders, according to a report on China Central Television Station.
The notorious village was arrested on December 29, 2013, after the Guangdong police had deployed 3,000 armed officers, speedboats and helicopters in a raid – the biggest drug break that China has seen so far.
Paramilitary police officers carry confiscated crystal meth in the village of Boshe, Lufeng, Guangdong Province, December 29, 2013. Cai Dongjia and 181 other suspects were arrested during the raid
According to the Guangdong police, Dongjia and 181 other suspects were arrested during the robbery and officers confiscated nearly three tons of crystal meth, 260 kilograms (573 pounds) of ketamine and 23 tons of drug raw material.
The police also closed a factory that produced dynamite.
Dongjia was sentenced to death at first instance in 2016 by Foshan Intermediate Court, together with two accomplices. All three later objected to the decision at a higher court.
On 7 August last year, the Supreme Court of Guangdong rejected their appeal and maintained the original verdict.
The high court said Cai Dongjia and his henchmen Cai Guangchuang and Cai Zhaogui made crystal meth in Boshe since 2011.
The execution of Cai Dongjia comes less than a week after a Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (photo) was sentenced to death by a Chinese court for drug smuggling
Dongjia and Guangchuang produced 180 kilograms of crystal meth with the help of other people; while Zhaogui met with the others to produce 150 kilograms (397 pounds) of crystal meth before selling them, the court said.
After Guangchuang and Zhaogui were arrested, Dongjia also tried to buy the police to save the two, the court added.
Dongjia was found guilty of making and trading drugs and harboring criminals. He received a death sentence as final judgment of the Supreme Court.
Guangchuang and Zhaogui each received a conditional death penalty with a probation period of two years for the making and trading of drugs.