Businessman gets 15-year sentence for drug trafficking

Tian Shengjie
According to authorities, the meth dealings of Huang Yiqing came to light after he was investigated for spreading rumors on social media.
Tian Shengjie

Businessman Huang Yiqing, founder of a Shanghai supercar club and ex-husband of local actress Huang Yi, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail and deprived of his political rights for three years for drug trafficking, the Hongkou District People’s Court said on Friday.

Between 2018 and 2019, Huang sold five bundles of methamphetamine, weighing 80 grams each, to a man surnamed Yu, at or near Huang’s home, prosecutors said.

In July of last year, Huang, 35, was given five days of administrative detention and wrote an apology for fabricating a story on social media that the city’s economic criminal investigation police were an “umbrella” to local comedian and TV host Zhou Libo and his wife Hu Jie.

Several days later, he was detained after he started a rumor about them on the Internet again. 

During their investigation, Hongkou police found that Huang was involved in drug trafficking and taking. He was arrested on August 28.

According to Chinese law, persons who sell meth over 50 grams can be sentenced to 15 years, life imprisonment or death.

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