23 May 2020 :
An appeal court in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City has handed down the capital punishment to seven drug traffickers for smuggling nearly 400 heroin cakes from Laos to the country, local media reported on 22 May 2020.
The 50-year-old mastermind from central Nghe An province and his six accomplices were sentenced to death earlier in a trial court in late 2019. The defendants filed an appeal for mitigation but was rejected by the panel, online newspaper VietNamNet reported on 22 May.
Between June and July 2018, the ring trafficked a total of 379 cakes of heroin, weighing 132.2 kg, and 55 kg of crystal methamphetamine from Laos to Vietnam, said the court.