A Ho Chi Minh City court Monday handed down the death sentence to a 40-year-old Hai Phong woman who brought drugs from China and sold them to dealers in the northern Vietnamese city, VnExpress reported.
Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, 40, was convicted for selling 2.5 kilograms of heroin, 2,500 ecstasy tablets, and more than 100 grams of methamphetamine commonly known as crystal meth between 2009 and 2010.
Prosecutors said she had bought the heroin and ecstasy in China and sold them in Hai Phong to Nguyen Manh Hoa, 40, and others. She had also bought drugs originating from Cambodia in Hanoi, they added.
The ring was busted in April 2010 when Hoa was caught buying more than one kilogram of heroin from Anh in HCMC.
Hoa also received the death penalty from the HCMC People's Court.
Sixteen others got jail terms of one to 20 years.
Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws, with those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin facing the death sentence.