A court in the southern province of Tay Ninh sentenced a Chinese national to death on Wednesday for smuggling drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.
Zhang Zhi Hua, 51, an employee of a casino in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was found guilty of transporting 120,000 methamphetamine tablets, which weighed a total of around 11 kilograms, in a taxi heading for Ho Chi Minh City.
At around 7:30 p.m. on February 1, police at a checkpoint in Tay Ninh's Moc Bai District stopped the taxi driven by Tran Ngoc Thang for an inspection.
Police found Zhang carrying two bags in the taxi. They searched the bags and discovered the methamphetamine tablets hidden in 20 plastic packs.
The drugs are estimated to be worth more than US$1 million.
Zhang confessed to police that a Chinese man in Cambodia hired him to transport the drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam and then to China for $40,000, investigators said.
On February 1, Zhang received the drugs from a Thai couple in Cambodia and entered Vietnam via the Moc Bai border gate in Tay Ninh Province, police said.
He took a taxi intending to go to Saigon Railway Station in HCMC where he would board train to Hanoi, from where he would travel to China via the Mong Cai border gate in Quang Ninh Province.
Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.
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