Chinese authorities last week executed retired Colombian journalist Ismael Arciniegas, seen pictured on the phone, for smuggling almost 4kg of cocaine in exchange for US$5,000. The phone is being held by his son, Juan Jose Herrera. Photo: AFP

For Colombian drug mules, trip to China can be lucrative but deadly

More than 140 Colombians are serving drug trafficking sentences in mainland jails, some awaiting execution. For their families back home, the pain of the separation is made worse by a near black hole of information

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Chinese authorities last week executed retired Colombian journalist Ismael Arciniegas, seen pictured on the phone, for smuggling almost 4kg of cocaine in exchange for US$5,000. The phone is being held by his son, Juan Jose Herrera. Photo: AFP
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