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Vietnam gives Cambodian woman life sentence for smuggling drugs

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 12:15 GMT+7
Vietnam gives Cambodian woman life sentence for smuggling drugs
51-year-old Cambodian Leang Davy at her trial in An Giang Province, Vietnam, March 12, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

The People’s Court in southern An Giang Province on Friday sentenced a 51-year-old Cambodian woman to life imprisonment for illegally transporting two kilograms of narcotics into Vietnam for US$3,000.

An Giang border guards and police officers spotted Leang Davy, 51, hailing from Prek Prosop District in the eastern Cambodian province of Kratie, carrying a suspicious carton box in An Hoa Hamlet in Khanh An Commune in An Giang’s An Phu District at around 6:00 pm on September 5, 2020.

Summoning Davy to the police station in Khanh An Commune, police officers discovered two plastic bags containing two kilograms of white crystals, which was later determined to be methamphetamine by the provincial Criminal Technical Division.

Results from the investigation into the case showed that an acquaintance named Ut, dwelling in Phnom Penh, suggested Davy go to Vietnam to treat her illness in August 2020.

At the same time, Ut sweet-talked Davy into transporting some ‘goods’ to Chau Doc City with a promised wage of $3,000 to cover her treatment fees.

Then, Davy gave Ut her photo for forging an identity card named Phan Thi Lan to facilitate her entry into Vietnam.

On September 4, Davy received from a strange man a black plastic bag sealed with tape containing two kilograms of methamphetamine and one cell phone for contacting with Ut.

On the afternoon of September 5, Davy, covering the two kilograms of drugs in a carton box, illegally entered Vietnam and was arrested by the Vietnamese competent forces.

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