17 on trial in Vietnam for making and selling meth

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A court in the Mekong Delta province of Long An Tuesday (April 2) began the trial of a 17-member gang for making, storing and trading methamphetamine.


Fifteen of the 17 defendants face sentences ranging from 20 years in jail to the death penalty.


According to prosecutors, in 2011, Luc Gia Khanh, 26, of Ho Chi Minh City met Nguyen Phu Han, a 26-year-old pharmaceutical representative, and bought 400 packages of chemicals from Han between July 2011 and April 2012 in order to make methamphetamine.


The gang used a house in Binh Tan District as the factory for methamphetamine production. In February 2012, they moved to an isolated villa in Long An Province's Duc Hoa District.


Khanh and his accomplices, including his family members, made around 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and sold them to drug users for around VND70 billion (US$3.34 million).


They were arrested on May 6, 2012, at the villa in Long An.


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