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Drug traffickers sentenced to life imprisonment

Update: May, 12/2017 - 18:30
Methamphetamine. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hoàng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Court on Thursday sentenced three drug traffickers to life imprisonment.

The three defendants are Lê Minh Trí, 34, from Hà Nội; Nguyễn Văn Tiệp, 34, from the northern province of Ninh Bình; and Phạm Hữu Thuận, 23, from the central province of Thanh Hóa.

According to the indictment, Tiệp hired Trí to transport the drugs by train to HCM City to deliver to a man named Zô.

Also, through Tiệp, Trí got acquainted with Bắc and Hoa in Lạng Sơn Province, who supplied the drugs to Trí. Trí and Tiệp later bought drugs from Bắc and Hoa and hired Thuấn to transport them to Zô in HCM City.

According to the investigation, from May 8 to 18, 2016, Trí and Tiệp illegally traded nearly 1.7 kilos of methamphetamine. During the time, Trí and Tiệp hired Thuấn to transport drugs weighing 700g for a payment of VNĐ9 million (US$400).

On May 18, 2016, Thuấn visited Trí’s house in Hoàng Mai District in Hà Nội to collect the remaining drugs to transport to HCM City. However, when Tiệp and Trí reached the area near ​​Phù Đổng Bridge in Long Biên District of Hà Nội, they were detained by the police.

The police are still determining the whereabouts of Zô in HCM City and the other suspects. — VNS

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