Woman gets death sentence for drug trafficking
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After a week-long trial, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court yesterday issued a capital sentence to a 30-year-old local woman, Le Thi Thu Thao, for drug trafficking. She was the leader of a 11-member ring that trafficked drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.
Le Thi Thu Thao ((L) and her accomplices in court yesterday Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two of Thao’s ten accomplices, Tran Ngoc Thinh, 35, Thao’s de facto husband, and Pham Thi Hien, 49, who lived in Cambodia before her arrest, were sentenced to life imprisonment.
The court also sentenced Nguyen Thi Ngoc Le, Hien’s sister-in-law who also lived in Cambodia, and Le Trong Tan and Pham Quoc Phu, who were responsible for collecting and delivering drugs, to 20 years in jail each.
Two other defendants, Le Vu Son, Thao’s brother, and Bui Van Son, received 18 years in prison each, while the remaining others were given sentences between 4 and 16 years.
According to the indictment issued by the prosecutor’s office, the ring began operating in 2010, when Hien bought drugs, ecstasy, synthetic drugs and heroin in Cambodia and sent them to Vietnam for Hien to sell.
The ring had trafficked more than 10 kg of drugs of various kinds when it was busted in 2010.
Following a tip-off from the public, the police monitored the ring’s activities and detained Thao and Thinh in September 2010 at their rented house in District 12 after finding a large amount of drugs there.
The police also seized a K59 gun that Thinh bought from Cambodia.