His wife says $10m wired to Thailand was not drug money The alleged mastermind of China's biggest seizure of the designer drug Ice denied all charges when he took the stand at Guangzhou Intermediary Court. The 44-year-old is accused of running an operation that manufactured more than 12 tonnes of methamphetamine, and transported over 100kg of heroin from Yunnan province to Guangdong's Puning city in the autumn of 1998. He allegedly did it again the following November, when he was arrested as he tried to sell the drugs in Guangzhou. Zhang Qisheng denied all charges, saying an earlier confession was made under duress during police questioning. He was in the dock on Thursday along with his wife, his brother, Hong Kong citizen Chung Shun-sing, associate Ji Wenlong and his two brothers, and three other men. Zhang's wife, Zhang Shaoxian, attracted the most attention in the packed court. She burst into tears as she denied that the $10 million she wired to a bank account in Thailand in 1999 was drug money. She said she and Zhang married in 1984, shortly before he went to Hainan to set up a medical business, and by 1996 they were millionaires. She told the court she retired from the business in 1989 to look after her husband's nine children from a previous marriage. When asked by prosecutors how a simple housewife like herself could afford to buy four houses in Shenzhen worth more than 3 million yuan (HK$2.82 million), she replied that the money came from her securities business. Most of the suspects claim they had no knowledge that they were involved in the manufacture and transport of illegal drugs, claiming they thought they were just transporting medicine. They blame suspect Cheng Bingxi, who is still at large.