VIETNAM: DRUG SMUGGLERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
May 28, 2010: five Chinese men were sentenced to death by the People's Court of northern Quang Ninh Province, in Vietnam, for illegally transporting 8 tonnes of marijuana resin.
Group leader Lu Minh Cheng, 53, and two accomplices, were also charged for carrying illegal amounts of cash. They were found transporting a total of HK$1.1 million (US$141,000) and US$20,000.
The marijuana was carried into Viet Nam from Pakistan in April, 2008. The group then planned to transport the resin to Canada but was stopped by local police on May 12, 2008. (Sources: Viet Nam News, 31/05/2010)