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Death Sentence For Man Who Traffcked in 1.61 Million Dollars Of Heroin

February 27, 1990

SINGAPORE (AP) _ A court has sentenced to death a 46-year-old gambling den operator after convicting him on charges of trafficking in $1.61 million worth of heroin, news media reported today.

Tan Boon Tat was found guilty of transporting 2 1/2 pounds of heroin on May 10 1987, the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Trial judges Yong Pung How and L.P. Thean, in sentencing Tan on Monday, rejected his defense that he did not know the drug was in the trunk of his car, the Straits Times daily reported.

The court was told narcotics officers trailed him from his gambling den to a coffee shop, from which he emerged with a plastic bag. He was then trailed back to near his gambling den, stopped at the entrance to a parking lot and arrested. Tan claimed the bag was left in his car by a friend a few days before his arrest.

Thirty-eight people have now been sentenced to death in Singapore on drug trafficking charges under a 1975 law that allows the death penalty in such case, the Central Narcotics Bureau said. Of them, 26 have been hanged.

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