|The accused at the court hearing. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — Six members of a transnational drug smuggling ring received the death sentence on Thursday in northern Quảng Ninh Province.
The accused include ring leader Hoàng Văn Tiến, Bùi Đăng Đức, Trần Đức Việt, Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Hạnh, Nguyễn Toàn Thắng and Hoàng Văn Bắc.
Tiến’s wife, Trần Thu Hằng, and Nguyễn Thị Hoa were sentenced to life imprisonment, while two others were sentenced to 20 years in prison each.
The traffickers were part of one of the five rings involved in trafficking drugs from Laos to Việt Nam and selling them to China and vice versa, according to People’s Procuracy of Quảng Ninh Province.
The rings were active in Hà Nội and in the northern provinces of Thái Nguyên, Bắc Ninh, Bắc Giang and Lạng Sơn.
Between 2003 and 2013, the rings had smuggled more than 5,000 cakes of heroin, 35,200 synthetic drug pills and more than 1kg of Methamphetamine.
In 2014, People’s Procuracy of Quảng Ninh Province sentenced 30 smugglers to death, 13 to life imprisonment and 46 others to up to 20 years in prison for smuggling drugs, storing weapons for military use, forging fake documents and taking bribes.
In late 2016, 25 others involved in the cases were charged. — VNS