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.

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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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