A Mekong Delta court has sentenced a 26-year-old man to death in a trial that convicted 17 people for their roles in producing and smuggling some 100 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Luc Gia Khanh of Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Phu District will be executed for "producing drugs" and "possessing and smuggling drugs," according to the decision of the Long An People's Court Friday.
Nguyen Minh Tam, Nguyen Ngoc Lam and Khanh's brother Luc Gia Huy received life imprisonment.
Khanh's mother, Vay A Thi, and two others, Luu Anh Vien and Dao Cam Hung, were sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Ten other defendants were sentenced to between one and a half and 18 years in jail.
According to the indictment, Khanh began to use drugs in 2010 and began converting regular prescription medication into "crystal ice" methamphetamine.
He learned how to make the drugs on the internet and invited the other defendants to help him produce and sell the drugs.
They produced drugs at a house owned by Khanh's father's, Luc Kien, in Long An's Duc Hoa District. Kien was sentenced to 16 years in jail at the trial.
Between July 2011 and May 2012, the ring produced about 100 kilograms of crystal ice. Khanh bought the tools and medicine (such as amphetamines) and instructed others on how to produce the drugs.
Investigators found that Khanh and his accomplices had sold methamphetamine to many others in Ho Chi Minh City for billions of dong.
In Vietnam, which has some of the world's toughest drug laws, those convicted of producing or selling 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics are eligible for the death penalty.
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