The People’s Court of An Giang Province in southern Vietnam on Thursday sentenced four people to death and one to life in prision for trafficking 34kg of drugs from Cambodia.
The death penalty was handed down to Nguyen Thi Bich Diem, Mai Vinh Hau, Huynh Van Tung, and Le Dang Huy.
All four were convicted of the illegal transportation, trading, and possession of narcotics.
The fifth defendant, Nguyen Do Thanh, received a life sentence in prison for the same offense.
The indictment showed that on June 14, 2020, at around 2:30 pm, police in An Giang Province stopped six individuals traveling on two motorbikes who they believed might have entered Vietnam illegally.
Three members of the group obeyed officers’ commands, but the others did not and instead led officers on a chase.
Officers later found multiple plastic bags containing drugs on their motorbikes, including 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, 20.7 kilograms of ketamine, and 4.08 kilograms of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.
Three gang members admitted that the packages contained drugs so police officers took them into custody and seized the narcotics.
An investigation showed that the racket had trafficked the drugs for profit, with Diem being the one who assisted the others in buying and selling the majority of the drugs.