|Ly A Thenh (first right). — Photo baohoabinh
HOA BINH (VNS) — The Hoa Binh Province People's Court on Wednesday sentenced three men for drug trafficking.
Ly A Thenh, 39, from the northern province of Dien Bien, was sentenced to death. Ly A Chu, 34, from the northern province of Son La, was sentenced to life imprisonment, while 25-year-old Boun Miher Khamtong from Laos' Houaphanh Province has been imprisoned for two years.
The Dien Bien Police had been hunting for Thenh since 2006 for trafficking 700 grams of heroin. Thenh fled the province with his family and moved to Laos. Then he made a fake identity card, passport and driving licence and worked with a large drug trafficking ring operating in Laos and Viet Nam.
In August 2012, the Hoa Binh Province Police and the provincial Border Guards caught Thenh, Chu and Khamtong in the act of transporting more than 20 kilograms of heroin and more than 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, an extremely addictive stimulant. The drugs were hidden inside an automobile that had a Laos number plate.
The three men admitted that they were hired by a man in Laos to smuggle the drugs into Viet Nam and then to foreign countries for sale.
The police said that in the period between May and August 2012, Thenh and Chu smuggled nearly 60 kilograms of drugs and more than 1kilogram of methamphetamine into Viet Nam. — VNS