A court in southern China handed down sentences Tuesday to at least six foreigners involved in an international methamphetamine operation, including a Canadian given the death penalty. The Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court in southern Guangdong province sentenced 11 people who produced more than 139 pounds of methamphetamine, the AP reports. Among them were one American and four Mexicans, who were all given life sentences or death sentences suspended by a period of two years. The court statement did not make clear which individual received what sentence, nor did it give their full names. The Canadian sentenced to death was identified as "Fan Wei," but it was unclear whether that was the person's legal name. A person identified as Wu Ziping, whose nationality was not specified, was also handed a death sentence.
The sentence is likely to further strain Sino-Canadian relations, which have frayed since Canada arrested Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of telecom company Huawei, last December at the request of the US. In a separate drug smuggling case, China sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial in January—one month after Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained on vague national security allegations. The moves were widely seen as punishment for Meng's arrest. China has also suspended the license of two major Canadian canola exporters, alleging that officials discovered hazardous organisms in canola seed shipments. (Meng is suing Canada.)