Members of the heroin trafficking ring at court. — VNA/VNS Photo
LẠNG SƠN — The People’s Court of the northern province of Lạng Sơn handed out 11 death penalties and one life sentence to members of a heroin trafficking ring on Tuesday.
Twelve Vietnamese defendants were found guilty of trafficking thousands of packages of heroin.
They are Vi Văn Thế, born in 1971 and residing in Phú Lộc 4 urban area, Lạng Sơn City; Hoàng Văn Sông, born in 1957, Vi Văn Sấn (1981), Lộc Văn Ngan (1976), Hoàng Văn Phóng (1972), Lưu Tuấn Hưng (1974), Hoàng Văn Ỳ (1977), Hoàng Văn Pó (1977), Nông Văn Hun (1990), and Lăng Văn Thượng (1971) – all residing in Cao Lộc District; Mã Văn Khánh (1977) residing in Văn Quan District, Lạng Sơn Province; and Quách Thị Xiệp (1962), residing in Mộc Châu Châu District of Sơn La Province.
Thế, Sông, Xiệp, Sấn, Ngan, Phóng, Pó, Ỳ, Hun, Thượng and Khánh received the death penalty while Hưng got a life sentence.
During the investigation, authorities found that Thế, the leader of the ring, had traded 112 kilos of heroin. Ngan and Xiệp traded a total 40.2kg and 79kg of the drug, respectively.
Under Vietnamese law, anyone found trafficking or possessing more than 600 grams of heroin faces the death penalty. — VNS