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Court hands out tough sentences to heroin traffickers

Update: August, 01/2017 - 17:11
Phan Văn Hùng (standing) at the court. – Photo congly.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The Hà Nội People’s Court on Monday handed the death penalty to one drug trafficker and a life sentence to another in two cases.

In the first case, the accused, Phan Văn Hùng, 36, a resident of the northern mountainous province of Lạng Sơn, received the death sentence for illegally trading heroin.

On December 29, 2016, the Hà Đông District Police in Hà Nội caught Hùng transporting around 1.7kg of heroin in two nylon bags in a five-seater car. The police also seized two more nylon bags containing around 1.8kg of methamphetamine.

Hùng confessed that he had been hired by a Chinese man to transport five bags of heroin and methamphetamine from Lạng Sơn Province to the northern Bắc Giang Province and Hà Nội, for which he would be paid VNĐ10 million (US$400) per bag. Before being caught, Hùng had delivered one bag with 900g of heroin to a man in Bắc Giang.

In the second case, the court sentenced Chu Văn Phi, 46, a resident of Hà Nội’s Ba Vì District, to life, and Nguyễn Quang Ước, 33, a resident of Hà Nội’s Đống Đa District, to 18 years’ imprisonment for transporting heroin.

On October 15, 2016, the Hà Nội Police caught Ước with around 145g of ketamine while he was driving his motorbike in Hai Bà Trưng District’s Minh Khai Ward.

Ước revealed that while he was serving his earlier prison sentence, he became friends with Phi, who asked him to deliver the ketamine to an acquaintance.

The police conducted a search of Phi’s house and confiscated another 1.1kg of heroin. – VNS

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