Vietnam sentences man to death for drug trafficking

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A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday sentenced a 35-year-old man to death for transporting 4.8 kilograms of heroin and 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, Tuoi Tre reported.

According to the indictment, Nguyen Van Thang was caught transporting the drugs in a rented car on July 10, 2011.

The drugs were smuggled from Cambodia by Le Huy Thao, who is still at large and wanted by police.

Tuoi Tre quoted the indictment as saying that Thang met Thao in 2008 on a visit to Cambodia. In early 2011, Thang agreed to join him in a smuggling ring that would take drugs from Cambodia and selling them in Vietnam.

Prior to the bust, Thang helped Thao sell 674 grams of heroin with 1.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, earning himself VND78 million (US$3,707).

In other news, also on Tuesday police in the northern city of Hai Phong arrested three people for allegedly possessing over 2.6 kilograms of heroin, over 1.6 kilograms of crystal meth and ecstasy, and six guns.

Police said that same day traffic officers caught Nguyen Van Truyen, 24, and Nguyen Thi Ha riding a motorbike without wearing helmets.

When they pulled over the duo, police found roughly one kilogram of heroin hidden in a clothing bag.

After questioning them, police raided Ha's house and arrested her husband, Nguyen Ngoc Dung, 44. Police also confiscated more drugs and the weapons there.

Police are investigating further.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.

The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is punishable by death.

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