BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for smuggling 116,300 tonnes of refined oil worth 638 million yuan (93 million U.S. dollars) in Wuxi of east China's Jiangsu Province.
The two were also deprived of their political rights for life and their personal assets of 50 million yuan were seized. A further nine gang members were sentenced to three to 14 years in prison respectively and face fines from 250,000 yuan to 35 million yuan.
All illegal profits will be retrieved and turned over to the state treasury, according to the Intermediate People's Court of Wuxi.
The city's customs inspection office said the gang set off to sea during early mornings, holidays or rainy and foggy days to avoid inspection. They then used small ships to take illegal refined oil from passing foreign ships and transported the oil through inland waterways to Wuxi.