The People’s Court in the northern province of Bắc Ninh yesterday sentenced nine people to death for heroin trafficking in the largest case of its kind in Việt Nam. — Photo soha.vn
BẮC NINH – The People’s Court in the northern province of Bắc Ninh yesterday sentenced nine people to death for heroin trafficking in the largest case of its kind in Việt Nam.
At the end of a four-day trial, the 34-year-old drug lord, Tráng A Tàng and eight other ring members were convicted of trafficking nearly 1,800 cakes of heroin, or about 630kg, and over 550 methamphetamine pills.
The eight others accused were Tráng A Nếnh, Giàng A Chờ, Giàng A Nhừ, Sùng A Lánh, Sồng A Nếnh, Tráng A Mùa, Vũ Văn Lâm and Tráng A Ký, aged between 25 and 58.
Three others, including Tàng’s wife, Giàng Thị Sua and her father, Giàng A Đua, were sentenced to life in prison on the same charges.
According to police records, Tàng’s network had reportedly smuggled heroin from Laos and Thailand into Việt Nam since 2009, until the ring members were arrested in 2013.
The smuggled heroin was stored at Tàng’s father’s house in Mộc Châu District, northern Sơn La Province.
Tàng and his accomplices then sold the heroin to other drug-distribution networks.
During the trial, the court accused Tàng of 13 counts of drug smuggling but he only admitted to four.
During the hearing, he also said that he acted alone in buying and selling heroin, and that the remaining defendants were not involved.
A large number of people were discovered to be involved in Tàng’s ring, most of them members of his immediate family and relatives. - VNS