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New Zealander stands trial in Guangzhou on charges of trying to smuggle methamphetamine

  • In this image made from APTN video, New Zealand's Peter Gardner, center, is escorted by policemen as he arrives at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for his drug smuggling trial in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/APTN)

    In this image made from APTN video, New Zealand's Peter Gardner, center, is escorted by policemen as he arrives at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for his drug smuggling trial in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/APTN)  (The Associated Press)

  • People walk past the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court where New Zealand's Peter Gardner stands for his drug smuggling trial in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Paul Traynor)

    People walk past the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court where New Zealand's Peter Gardner stands for his drug smuggling trial in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Paul Traynor)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from APTN video, New Zealand's Peter Gardner, left, arrives at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for his drug smuggling trial in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/APTN)

    In this image made from APTN video, New Zealand's Peter Gardner, left, arrives at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for his drug smuggling trial in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, May 7, 2015. Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/APTN)  (The Associated Press)

A 25-year-old New Zealander is standing trial in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on drug smuggling charges.

Peter Gardner, who also has Australian citizenship, was detained in Guangzhou on Nov. 8 when police said he was trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine out of China. Gardner was detained along with a 22-year-old Australian woman who was later released.

Gardner could face the death penalty if convicted.

He arrived Thursday morning at the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court building in a police truck. Relatives and Australian consular officials also attended the proceedings.