|Defendants Đỗ Trọng Tường, Nguyễn Văn Xá and Trương Xuân Hùng at the court. — Photo vov.vn|
QUẢNG NAM — Quảng Nam People’s Court has sentenced three people to long prison terms on charges of drug trafficking.
Đỗ Trọng Tường, 42, from Tiên Phước District, was sentenced to eight years in prison while Nguyễn Văn Xá, 50, also from Tiên Phước District, received 20 years, Voice of Việt Nam reported.
A 19 year sentence was handed down to Trương Xuân Hùng, 54, from Tam Kỳ District.
According to the indictment, on February 5, on the section of national highway 1A that runs through Bình Phục Commune in Thăng Bình District, the police and provincial border guard checked a bus and found Hùng transporting two bricks of heroin weighing more than 700g and 190 drug tablets.
At the investigation agency, Hùng confessed that from 2015 he has suffered from drug addiction.
In 2016, Hùng worked at a gold mine in Nam Giang District and met Nguyễn Văn Xá.
They borrowed more than VNĐ280 million (US$12,170) and Hùng went to Nghệ An Province to buy drugs.
He was arrested on the way back and Xá was also arrested for illegal drug trading.
Xá claimed he had sold heroin to drug addicts working at most of the gold mines in Quảng Nam Province.
Đỗ Trọng Tường helped Xá deliver drugs to addicts.
At the first instance, the People’s Court also imposed a fine of VNĐ90 million. — VNS