Woman gets life for smuggling heroin in northern Vietnam

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A court in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho Wednesday sentenced a woman to life for drug smuggling, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Nguyen Thi Thuy Lieu, 32, the head of a drug gang, was tried along with 28 other members, who got between one and 24 years.

Lieu was arrested on May 1 last year after police found six packs of heroin weighing around 2.1 kilograms in a taxi she was in.

She confessed to them that she took the taxi with her sister Nguyen Thi Hue, 33, and her nine-year-old son Ngo Duc Hoang from Hanoi to Son La Province where she bought the heroin from a local man named Song A De.

Lieu and Hue also admitted they had bought heroin and ecstasy tablets from De four times before that.


Based on their testimony, police arrested the other members of the gang.

They said Lieu had sold around 14.6 kilograms of heroin, earning more than VND4.2 billion (US$201,000), in northern provinces between 2006 and 2011.

Lieu's mother and six siblings were also part of the gang.

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