Vietnamese, Filipino sentenced to death in separate drug smuggling cases

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Emmanuel Sillo Camacho stands trial in Hanoi on August 18, 2015 for smuggling cocaine into Vietnam. Photo credit: Voice of Vietnam Emmanuel Sillo Camacho stands trial in Hanoi on August 18, 2015 for smuggling cocaine into Vietnam. Photo credit: Voice of Vietnam

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A Filipino received a death sentence at a trial in Hanoi on Tuesday for hiding 3.4 kilograms of cocaine in socks to bring into Vietnam.
The court said Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 40, arrived at Noi Bai International Airport on December 7, 2013 and customs officials detected the drug hidden in 18 socks inside his luggage, according to local media.
He said a month before that, he met a woman in Brazil on Facebook and she offered to find him jobs with monthly payment of US$1,000-1,500 if he agreed to bring drugs to Vietnam.
He took the deal and another woman brought the socks to him, promising him that someone in Vietnam would come and collect them.
A court in the central province of Nghe An on the same day sentenced a 24-year-old local man to death for smuggling 6.6 kilograms of heroin from Laos to Vietnam.
Ha Ba Ku, 24, at the court in Nghe An Province on August 18, 2015. Photo: Lam Khang.
Ha Ba Ku was transporting the bag with another smuggler and a guide, but both of them managed to escape when Nghe An border guards caught Ku last December.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws.
Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine or more than 2.5 kilos of methamphetamine face death.
Producing or selling 100 g of heroin or 300 g of other drugs is also punishable by death.

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