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Thailand gives life sentence to Taiwanese heroin smuggler

Sentence expected for second suspected Taiwanese accomplice

(Photo by Thailand's Narcotics Suppression Bureau)

(Photo by Thailand's Narcotics Suppression Bureau) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A court in Thailand that had sentenced a Taiwanese man to death for smuggling heroin has changed his sentence to life in prison after he confessed, reports said Thursday (October 10).

Chen Kuan Lin, 38, was arrested last April with another Taiwanese man as they were about to board a flight to Taiwan from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport, AP reported. The authorities found a total of 5.6 kilograms of heroin in 18 tin boxes labeled as "cooling powder."

After Chen’s arrest at the airport, police went to his hotel and found a third Taiwanese citizen, surnamed Hsieh, with another batch of heroin weighing 8.65 kg, CNA reported.

Chen and his companion were indicted for possession of heroin and trafficking with the intent to sell, but the court has yet to reach a verdict in Hsieh’s case.