Vietnam sentences drug trafficker to death

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-25 19:37:46|Editor: huaxia

HO CHI MINH CITY, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A 31-year-old Vietnamese woman was sentenced to death for trafficking nearly 8 kg of methamphetamine, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The court in the southern Tay Ninh province on Tuesday handed down the death penalty to Nguyen Hang Ni from Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City. The woman admitted that in early 2019 she was hired by a man from Africa to send drug from Vietnam to another country at the wage of 500 to 1,000 U.S. dollars.

On July 17, 2019, the woman was caught red-handed with 7.8 kg of methamphetamine in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City where she came to pick up the drug transported from Cambodia to Vietnam, the news agency reported.

Earlier on Monday night, police of the northern Son La province also arrested a man with 16 kg of crystal methamphetamine and 1.8 kg of ketamine, 6,000 pills of synthetic drugs who was traveling from the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi to the northern Dien Bien province, trying to escape the search of police, the news agency reported Tuesday.

According to the Vietnamese law, those convicted of smuggling over 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kg of methamphetamine are punishable by death. Making or trading 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal drugs also faces death penalty.