|Packages of heroin seized in the drug trafficking case. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NAM — The People’s Court in the northern province of Hà Nam on Friday handed down nine death penalties, three life sentences and up to 21 years in prison to members of a drug trafficking ring.
The 22 Vietnamese men and women were found guilty of trafficking 18.5kg of heroin along with bags of synthetic drugs.
According to the verdict by the People’s Supreme Procuracy, from June 2016 to late March 2017, ringleaders including Lê Văn Mạnh and and Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền from Hà Nam Province’s Phủ Lý City had regularly travelled to the northern province of Sơn La to buy drugs. The drugs were then sold to dealers in Hà Nam and Nam Định.
Giàng A Trứ from Lóng Luông Commune in Vân Hồ District and Sùng A Khánh from Phò Cò Commune in Mai Châu District were identified as the suppliers.
Mạnh, Huyền, Khánh and Trứ were among the nine people to receive the death sentence on Thurday.
Under Vietnamese law, anyone found trafficking or possessing more than 600 grammes of heroin faces the death penalty. — VNS