Two drug traders sentenced to death in Hanoi

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The Hanoi People's Court Thursday sentenced two men to death and two women to life in jail for trafficking around seven kilograms of heroin last year, online newspaper VnExpress said.

According to the verdict, Nguyen Van Quyen, 30, and Nguyen Van Thiep, 28, were caught red-handed trafficking seven kilograms of heroin and 192 methamphetamine tablets on Tran Phu Street in Ha Dong District on June 5, 2009.

Both of them are residents of the northern Bac Giang Province.

After being arrested, the two men admitted that they belonged to a drug-trafficking ring which included three other people: Nguyen Thi Phuong, Nguyen Thi Que, and Nguyen Quang Manh.

While Quyen and Thiep were given death sentences, the two women, Phuong and Que, received life imprisonment. Manh is still at large and wanted by the police.

Manh's wife, Nguyen Thi Hao, was sentenced to 42 months in jail for storing drugs. Another woman, Nguyen Thi Xuyen, was sentenced to one year in prison for harboring the criminals.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Anyone found in possession or who has trafficked more than 600 grams of heroin can get the death penalty.

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