VIETNAM. 2 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HEROIN TRAFFICKING
June 4, 2007: A court in northern Vietnam sentenced two people to death and seven others to life in prison for heroin trafficking.
Those sentenced were members of a heroin ring that smuggled two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of heroin from Laos to Vietnam last year, said Pham Van Nam, an official from Dien Bien People's Court.
Convicted of leading the ring and sentenced to death were Luong Van Phong, 25, and Lo Van Tinh, 31.
The court jailed seven others for life and sentenced 12 more to jail terms ranging from one to 20 years in prison, Nam said.
All of the defendants were from Dien Bien province, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northwest of Hanoi. (Sources: Afp, 04/06/2007)