Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội People’s Court on Thursday sentenced three people to death and one to life imprisonment on charges of drug trafficking.
The death penalty was handed down to Lưu Văn Hùng, from HCM City, Đào Văn Khoan, 56, and Đào Văn Tùng, 25, both from Hà Nội.
Trần Hiếu Nghĩa, 36, from HCM City was sentenced to life imprisonment.
According to the indictment, Khoan and Đỗ Văn Thuần, 45, a resident of Hưng Yên Province, set up a drug trafficking ring to transport narcotics from Lạng Sơn Province to Hà Nội.
After Thuần bought 15kg of methamphetamine, Khoan instructed Tùng (Khoan’s cousin) to drive to Lạng Sơn Province and receive the goods. Thuần and Tùng were caught while transporting the drugs to Hà Nội for distribution.
As soon as he learned of the arrest, Khoan fled to Hà Nội. He continued purchasing drugs and sending them to HCM City for sale.
On February 20, Khoan was caught while transporting 8kg of methamphetamine, which he bought for VNĐ1.6 billion (US$68,600), to Lưu Văn Hùng, a dealer from HCM City.
As well as the 23kg of methamphetamine mentioned above, Khoan had deals with Hà Thị Thoa, who lives in China. The total amount of methamphetamine Khoan traded was up to 31kg.
Regarding Thuần, he committed suicide while in temporary detention so his conviction was suspended. — VNS