08 January 2018 :
The People’s Court of Hanoi sentenced two people to death and six to life imprisonment for smuggling drugs between the northern mountainous province of Son La and Hanoi.
Life sentences were imposed on Dao Thi Binh (born in 1977), Truong Quoc Dong (1974), Ngo Trung Kien (1995) and Truong Cong Thanh (1992), living in Son La province, and Le Van Bang (1984) and Nguyen Van Duy (1976), living in Hanoi. Among them, Binh is Kien’s mother, and Dong is Thanh’s uncle.
According to the indictment, Binh and Dong were caught on May 12, 2016 transporting two heroin bricks and 58 bags of methamphetamine weighing a total of nearly 2kg.
Investigations revealed that the couple and Kien and Thanh had transported drugs from Son La to Hanoi since the beginning of 2016.
The drugs were sold to Vo, Nga, Bang and Duy, who would then sell them on to other people.
The investigation agency announced that Binh and Dong were charged with trafficking four heroin bricks, weighing 1.4kg, and 17,600 methamphetamine pills, weighing 1.75kg, and 178.1gr of opium.
Kien and Thanh were charged with trafficking two heroin bricks and 17,600 synthetic pills.
Nga was responsible for smuggling over 2kg of synthetic drugs (methamphetamine and ketamine) and 6,000 methamphetamine pills and 178.1gr of opium.
Meanwhile, Vo was involved in smuggling four heroin bricks and 58 bags of methamphetamine.
Bang and Duy were charged with buying two heroin bricks from Binh, Dong and Vo.
All of them were charged with “illegally smuggling drugs” in accordance with Article 194, Clause 4 of the Penal Code.