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Ho Chi Minh City court sentences three to death for drug offenses

Ho Chi Minh City court sentences three to death for drug offenses

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 12:01 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City court sentences three to death for drug offenses
Phan Phi Long, Hoang Anh Vu, and Vo Tuan Tai stand their trial at the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on May 19, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Wednesday imposed the death penalty upon three men for a series of drug-related crimes.

Phan Phi Long, 33, Hoang Anh Vu, 27, and Vo Tuan Tai, 36, were sentenced to death for illegally transporting, trading, and possessing narcotics.

Long and Vu are residents of the north-central province of Ha Tinh, while Tai lives in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

According to the indictment, Long hired Vu to pick up four kilograms of crystal meth from a Laotian man in Ha Tinh and transport the drugs to Ho Chi Minh City on September 20, 2019.

Vu was promised VND60 million (US$2,600) for completing the job.

After transporting the meth to the southern metropolis, Vu stored it in a hotel room in Ward 2, Tan Binh District.

He was later caught by police officers.

Aside from the four kilograms of meth, officers also found 1.6 grams of heroin which Vu said was for personal use.

When police arrested Long, he was in possession of 11 ecstasy pills, 3.8 grams of synthetic drugs, and several guns and bullets.

At the police station, Long admitted to hiring Vu to transport the drugs.

He also claimed to have sold 1.5 kilograms of drugs and 1.7 kilograms of ketamine to Tai on three occasions.

Officers raided Tai’s house and found a large amount of drugs and six guns.

Tai said he had purchased narcotics from Long and resold them in Ho Chi Minh City for profit.

Huynh Ngoc Anh Quyen, Tai’s wife, received a one-year jail term for failure to report a crime, but was given a suspended sentence.

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