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Nigerian man sentenced to death for transporting drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:31 GMT+7
Nigerian man sentenced to death for transporting drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam
Unachukwu Chiluba Paulinus, a 25-year-old man from Nigeria, stands his trial at the People’s Court in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, April 13, 2021. Photo: Tuan Anh / Tuoi Tre

A Nigerian man has been condemned to death for transporting nearly three kilograms of narcotics from Cambodia into Vietnam.

The People’s Court in the southern province of Tay Ninh on Tuesday conducted the trial of Unachukwu Chiluba Paulinus, a 25-year-old man from Nigeria.

Paulinus was given the death penalty for the illegal transport of drugs.

According to the indictment, police and border guard officers in Tay Ninh Province caught the Nigerian man red-handed carrying 2.997 kilograms of methamphetamine on February 19, 2020.

At the police station, Paulinus said he had become acquainted with an unidentified man in Cambodia, who hired him to transport narcotics from Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City for US$2,000.

After receiving $650 in advance, he caught a cab from Phnom Penh to the Cambodia-Vietnam border.

He crossed the border illegally before being detected by officers in Ben Cau District, Tay Ninh Province.

The Nigerian added he had successfully transported a backpack containing unknown items from Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City on February 8, 2020.

He was paid $2,200 for the job.

In related news, the People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Tuesday sentenced Du Quoc Cuong, 31, and Nguyen Thanh Hai, 42, to death for the illegal trade of narcotics.

The indictment showed that Cuong had met a Vietnamese man in Cambodia in February 2019.

The man later hired Cuong to transport drugs from Cambodia to another man named Sen in Ho Chi Minh City.

Sen would then sell the narcotics to Hai.

From March to April 2019, Cuong managed to transport the drugs on three occasions and was paid a total of $3,000.

The man added he carried about four to six kilograms of narcotics during each journey.

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