A Ho Chi Minh City court Tuesday sentenced to death a Nigerian national and to life imprisonment his Vietnamese lover for trafficking drugs.
According to the indictment, Michael Ikenna Nduanya, 34, joined a ring smuggling heroin from India to Cambodia with his African-born friends in Vietnam.
Michael was hired to bring drugs from Cambodia into Vietnam at US$50-1,000 per batch, but because he didn't have necessary documents, he asked his girlfriend, 27-year-old Nguyen Hai Anh, to do it for him.
Anh was arrested on December 9, 2009 at HCMC-based Mien Dong Bus Station and police found nearly one kilogram of heroin hidden in her bags and sandals. Michael, who she started a relationship with in 2008, was apprehended later.
The heroin was brought from Cambodia into HCMC three days earlier, according to the indictment, adding that before the arrest Anh had transported drugs four times.
Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those who smuggle more than 600 grams of heroin into the country can be sentenced to death.
Anh received a life sentence because she was pregnant, the court said.
In other news, customs officials in the northern province of Quang Ninh Tuesday found a Chinese man carrying four cartons with 96 daggers and other kinds of knives.
However, the man managed to escape, local reports said.
The case is being investigated.