-- NEW YORK -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the heroin kingpin ordered the executions of a Toronto man on July 20, 1994, sending a hit team and financing it. But the team ended up shooting two innocent people.
Ma had pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on September 20, 2007. His co-defendant, Bing Yi Chen, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Jan. 4.
Evidence at trial showed that Ma, Chen and their associates engaged in the importation of millions of dollars worth of heroin from Asia into the United States between 1991 and 1996.