JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnamese prisoner sentenced to death for running drug ring from behind bars

Vietnamese prisoner sentenced to death for running drug ring from behind bars

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 10:11 GMT+7

A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to death for running a drug ring during his time in prison.

The People’s Court in the north-central province of Nghe An held a trial on Tuesday to decide the case of 46 year-old Phan Dinh Tuan and his accomplices, who had all been involved in the illegal trade and transport of 294 heroin cakes, weighing 102 kilograms.

Given the extremely serious nature of the crime, the jury decided on the death penalty for Tuan and four other members of the drug syndicate, Ho Su Co, 34, Phan Thanh Ton, 28, Vu Thanh Trung 53, and Nguyen Quoc Thang, 40.

Nguyen Thi Huong, Tuan’s girlfriend, was sentenced to12 months in prison for her role in aiding and abetting the crime.

According to the case file, police in Nghe An caught Co red-handed in February 2014 while he was carrying 60 heroin cakes near Ben Thuy Bridge.

Co had been hired by Tuan to deliver the drugs from Ton to Trung in the southern province of Dong Nai.

Co’s statements to police reveled that Tuan had been running the drug ring since late 2013, while he was serving a jail term for a previous conviction, and had successfully been able to traffic 184 cakes of heroin.


Tuan grins after being given a death penalty. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The full proceeds of the drug sales had been transferred to Huong.

By early February 2014, the ring leader had completed his prison sentence and upon his release continued to manage to his drug business.

During his trial, Tuan admitted that he was able to conduct the operation thanks to a cell phone Huong had given him during one of their visits.

“Each phone call with the members outside lasted 15 to 20 minutes. I dug a hole in the prison wall to hide the device,” the defendant explained.

Despite these admissions, the man continued to claim he was “innocent”, saying he was talked into committing the crimes by Huong.

Tuan’s lawyer had previously requested the jury to review the role of Huong in the operation and determine a suitable punishment.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News


Read more




Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Latest news