Vietnamese woman gets 20 years for drug possession

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Huynh Thi Kim Hanh, 58, was sentenced to 20 years for drug possession on July 25. Photo credit: Minh Bang/Tuoi Tre Huynh Thi Kim Hanh, 58, was sentenced to 20 years for drug possession on July 25. Photo credit: Minh Bang/Tuoi Tre

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Monday sentenced a 58-year-old woman to 20 years in prison for the illegal possession of 400 grams of heroin and 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Huynh Thi Kim Hanh was found guilty of “illegal stockpiling of narcotics."
According to the indictment, District 4 police were patrolling on Ton Dan Street on July 28, 2014 when they caught Hanh with 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.
They checked her house and seized another 400 grams of heroin.
Hanh claimed that Tran Van Dung, a local man, had borrowed VND1.3 billion (US$58,300) from her and left the drugs as security for the loan. 
Police have been looking for Dung to verify her claim. 
In Vietnam, the production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is punishable by death.
Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine also face the death penalty.

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