Taiwanese heroin smuggler gets life in prison

Taiwanese heroin smuggler gets life in prison

Officers seize heroin hidden in 18 tins of cooling powder from Chen Kuan Lin, 38, a Taiwanese man, left, as he was about to board a flight to his home country on April 26 this year. The Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced him to life imprisonment. (Capture from a clip posted by @kaojorleuk.media Facebook page)
Officers seize heroin hidden in 18 tins of cooling powder from Chen Kuan Lin, 38, a Taiwanese man, left, as he was about to board a flight to his home country on April 26 this year. The Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced him to life imprisonment. (Capture from a clip posted by @kaojorleuk.media Facebook page)

A Taiwanese man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for trying to smuggle 5.6 kilogrammes of heroin labelled as talcum powder out of Thailand through Don Mueang airport in April.

The Criminal Court passed sentence on Chen Kuan Lin, 38, a Taiwanese national, on Wednesday.

Prosecutors charged him with having heroin in his possession with intent to sell and trying to smuggle the drug out of the country for sale.

Chen was arrested at Don Mueang airport on April 26 after police found 5.6kg of heroin hidden in 18 tins labelled prickly heat powder as he was about to board a flight to Taiwan. 

The court initially handed down a death sentence, commuted to life imprisonment because he confessed.


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