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Vietnam court sentences 7 to death for narcotic transportation

Vietnam court sentences 7 to death for narcotic transportation

Thursday, August 04, 2022, 13:26 GMT+7
Vietnam court sentences 7 to death for narcotic transportation
The defendants stand trial before the People’s Court in Dong Thap Province, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Photo: Minh Khang / Tuoi Tre

The People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Wednesday sentenced seven people to death for illegally transporting over 45 kilograms of narcotics in 2020.

The death penalty was handed down to Le Duy Linh, Tran Van Thuc, Nguyen Minh Thiet, Huynh Van Ly, Le Van Thanh, Nguyen Van Thai, and Nguyen Trung Hieu.

All were convicted of the illegal transportation of narcotics, though Linh was also found guilty of trading, possession of narcotics, and organization of illegal drug use.

An eighth and ninth individual also present at the trial received a life sentence and 20-year sentence, respectively, for drug-related offenses.

The indictment showed that police in Dong Thap caught Thai transporting 45.3 kilograms of narcotics, including over seven kilograms of heroin, ten kilograms of methamphetamine, 11.3 kilograms of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and nearly 17 kilograms of ketamine, at around 10:00 pm on August 15, 2020 to carry out a transaction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Le Duy Linh stands trial before the People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Photo: Minh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Le Duy Linh stands trial before the People’s Court in Dong Thap Province, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Photo: Minh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Officers later expanded their investigation and arrested six other suspects.

The final two individuals surrendered themselves.

Police officers raided a hotel room Linh had been renting in Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province and seized 142.564 grams of narcotics.

During the investigation, all of the accused testified that between mid-June 2020 and the time Linh was apprehended, he had coordinated and directed eight other defendants to smuggle drugs through the Vietnam-Cambodia border 13 times, each time carrying 20 to 45 kilograms of narcotics.

Linh earned in excess of VND550 million (US$23,500) and reimbursed his accomplices after the crimes were committed.

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