Drug baron busted in Fiji

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 13:03 11/07/2013

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A drug baron who has been on the run for six years has been caught in Fiji and sent back to China.

Chen Guoming was behind a massive P-lab - one of the world's largest - that was uncovered in Suva in 2006, China's Ministry of Public Security said.

The operation was busted by Fiji police, assisted by Australian and New Zealand police, and was capable of producing 500 kilograms of methamphetamine a week.

At the time of the raid there was enough material in the factory to make $700 million of the drug which was said to have been headed for New Zealand and Australia.

Although arrests were made in Fiji, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Chen, now 48, disappeared.

He has been subject to an Interpol warrant since 2011.

The ministry said it was told that Chen was heading to Fiji in June.

He was arrested on July 4 and taken back to China on Saturday.

He faces the death penalty.

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