Death sentences for drug traffickers

Update: April, 14/2016 - 09:00
Defendants at the court this morning in HCM City. Two people were sentenced to death and in a drug smuggling case. – Photo
Viet Nam News -

HCM CITY (VNS)  The People’s Court in HCM City sentenced two people to death yesterday for trafficking 11.8kg of heroin.

Nguyễn Văn Thắng, 49, living in HCM City’s Gò Vấp District and Trần Tuấn Anh, 35, living in central Nghệ A province were both sentenced to death.

Lê Thị Ngọc Tuyền, 35, in Gò Vấp District, was sentenced to life in prison on charge of four crimes of buying and selling illegal drugs, illegally stockpiling drugs and military weapons and making fake documents.

The remaining defendants, Nguyễn Minh Hạnh, 30, Nguyễn Bé Chính, 38, Bùi Duy Thanh, 48 and Hồng Ngọc Long, 51, were sentenced from 10 to 17 years in prison.

According to the indictment, Tuyền was arrested on March 03, 2012.

Earlier, on January 9, 2009, police in Bình Tân District caught Tuyền with 6,800 grams of drugs. While on bail, the accused fled and hired someone to forge identity documents and began buying and selling drugs.

Through searching Tuyền’s home, police discovered and seized over 7,300 grams of Methamphetamine, a pistol and 25 bullets and other exhibits relating to her crimes.

The police confirmed that Tuyền and her gang members illegally smuggled more than 11.8kg of drugs.

Police are hunting an escaped person in the gang, Nguyễn Tăng Quang, who supplied drugs to Tuyền.  VNS