28 inmates charged with drug trafficking in central Vietnam

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Prosecutors in Nghe An Province in north central Vietnam have charged 28 inmates of a local jail for supplying drugs bought from outside to their co-prisoners.

Their indictment says that the illegal trade at Prison No.3, under the direct authority of the Ministry of Public Security, had earned the gang more than VND3.6 billion (US$172,700) between December 2010 and May 2011, for more than 258 grams of heroin and syringes.

Le Xuan Minh, 43, who is serving a nine year jail term for robbery and escaping from his neighborhood violating a restraint order, was identified as the gang leader.

He had two bank accounts created during his time in jail, and other inmates would have to call their families to transfer money into the accounts when they were in need of the drug.

The operation was discovered after guards found some heroin and four mobile phones in a cell.

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