Members and customers of a trafficking ring stand trial in Ho Chi Minh City on May 27. Photo: Le Nga
A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced three members of a drug trafficking to death and four others to 18 years in prison on Tuesday.
Vu Duc Long, 48, Vo Cong Sy, 44, and Phan Quang, 44, received death sentences after being found guilty of trafficking drugs.
The indictment said Long, an ex-con from Nam Dinh Province, ran the operation with his lover, Nguyen Thi Tinh, who was sentenced to spend the next 18 years in jail.
Tinh was Long's delivery girl.
The court found that Long had been involved with a number of failed drug rings in the past.
But he began to see success in HCMC in March 2012 after hooking up with Sy, a supplier from Nghe An Province. Sy sold Long a total of 3.63 kilograms of heroin and 3.1 kilograms of synthetic drugs in three separate deliveries in 2012.
Sy bought the drugs from two Laotians.
Long lived in rented houses and regularly moved. All of his transactions were carried out early in the morning.
Quang, a native of Saigon or present-day Ho Chi Minh City, bought drugs from him wholesale.
He was caught with two kilograms of synthetic drugs and nearly two kilograms of heroin at Long’s place at 2 am on December 4, 2012.
Police found more drugs in the house, plus US and Vietnamese notes worth some US$110,000 in total.
Long's other customers included Le Nguyen Ngoc Tuong Luynh who was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Her brother, Le Nguyen Nhat Linh, will serve 12 years.
Pham Thi Huong, 44, was sentenced to two years for illegally storing drugs.
Vietnam’s Penal Code states that those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamines face the death penalty, making the country one of the toughest in term of drug laws.
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