A 29-year-old medical student from China, Zheng Chuansong, was arrested at the airport in Boston last December after allegedly stealing 21 bottles of cancer cells from his Harvard lab and flying back to China, according to local media such as the 《 New York Times.
On December 10,2019, Zheng was preparing to board the Hainan Airlines flight 482 from Boston to Beijing when customs officials found 21 vials of brown liquid in a plastic bag stuffed in their checked luggage, believed to be a sample of cancer cells, the report said.
Zheng,29, a cancer researcher, allegedly took samples of the cancer cells from a laboratory at the Beth Israel Deacon Medical Center (BethIsraelDeaconessMedicalCenter), where he worked. Jason A. Newton, a Harvard spokesman, was quoted as saying. The school has been providing Zheng with a study visa since September 4,2018, according to Newton.
According to court documents released by the media, mr. zheng began to say that the bottles were given to him by a friend and had nothing to do with his research. After questioning, he admitted that eight of them had been stolen and 11 had been copied from a colleague's research.
Zheng said he would take the samples to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University when he returned to China and publish the results in his name in China to promote his career, the document said.
At Monday's hearing, Boston District Judge David Hennessy approved the prosecution's request to hold Mr. Cheng without bail, the report said. U.S. federal prosecutors said Zheng could face felony charges of \"transporting stolen goods\" or \"stealing trade secrets\" and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.