A court in Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam on Friday sentenced a Vietnamese woman and a Lao man to death for trading and transporting 12 kilograms of ketamine, respectively.
Dinh Thi Hai Yen, 45, living in Quang Binh, and a 42-year-old man from Savannakhet Province, Laos, were convicted of the crimes.
In mid-October last year, Yen ordered 12 kilograms of ketamine from Laos at VND3 billion (US$123.8 million) and agreed to receive the drugs in Khammouane Province, Laos, according to the indictment.
On October 25, 2022, she hired the Laotian man to transport the ketamine to Vietnam at a cost of VND25 million ($1,032).
Yen later traveled to Khammouane Province with the Laotian to receive the ketamine.
The man drove a semi-trailer truck carrying potassium ores with ketamine hidden inside to Vietnam through Cha Lo International Border Gate in Quang Binh on November 8 last year.
Yen also hired her sister-in-law Dinh Thi Thanh to receive the drugs.
Vietnamese police caught Thanh red-handed receiving the narcotics and detained the Laotian man at the time.
At the court, Yen declared that she bought the ketamine for resale to earn a profit.