A Ho Chi Minh City court handed down life sentences Wednesday to two women who were caught trafficking nearly 3 kg of heroin to Cambodia in 2012.
Dinh Thi Mai Thuy, 23, and Nguyen Thi Thanh, 50, were arrested in Oct. 2012.
Thuy said an African man known only as Smitking had hire her to traffic the drug for $350. She knew Smitking and Thanh when she lived in Cambodia with her boyfriend.
Thuy then paid Thanh $250 to bring the heroin from HCMC to Cambodia.
Thanh was arrested on for possessing 2.98 kg heroin on October 27, 2012 when she was buying a bus ticket to Cambodia in HCMC’s Pham Ngu Lao Street. Thuy was arrested three days later.
According to the indictment, in Sep. 2012 Thuy also hired Thanh to smuggle drug from HCMC to Cambodia for $500.
Thuy said she received $700 for the job from her boyfriend, an Angolan named Kingsley Chibueze.
Both Smitking and Chibueze are still at large.