A court in northern Vietnam on Tuesday handed down a death sentence for a man who was hired to traffic 8.6 kg of heroin to Hanoi. His accomplice was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment.
Mua A Dua, 33, was arrested last December in the northern province of Hoa Binh when he was carrying 26 "bricks" of heroin weighing 330 grams each, according to the indictment read at the Hoa Binh People's Court.
Dua, who lived in Hoa Binh and had served time for drug trafficking, told local police that a stranger he had met at a local market on Dec. 21, 2013, offered him VND30 million (US$1,400) for carrying the drug to Hanoi.
Police investigation could not identify the stranger.
Dua later hired a Giang A Xa, a relative of his who lived in Son La, to serve as scout during the delivery for VND7 million ($330).
Dua and Xa left Hoa Binh for Hanoi with the drug in the evening of Dec. 21, 2013. Xa rode his motorbike ahead to watch for police and maintained contact with Dua via mobile phones.
However, both were stopped by the police when they reached Cao Phong Dist., Hoa Binh, at around 2 am on December 22.
They were detained after the police found the drug in Dua's possession.