VIETNAM: DRUG GANG BOSS SENTENCED TO DEATH
April 25, 2012: The leader of a drug gang that transported 11 kilograms of synthetic heroin besides marijuana from Ho Chi Minh City toÂ Hanoi in 2009-10Â was sentenced toÂ death by a court in the Vietnamese capital.
Doan Thi Thuy Hong, wife of the boss Nguyen Ba Thuy,Â gotÂ 20 years for her involvement with the 21-member gang, news website VnExpress reported.
Pham Quang Hung, who was in charge of major deliveries by air, got a life sentence, 16 active members got terms of four to 20 years, while the remaining two received suspended sentences of 18 and 24 months.
The indictment said the gang only operated for a short time between late 2009 and April 2010, but proved to be â€śsophisticated and professional.â€ť
Thuy would travel frequently to HCMC to get supplies from Cambodia, and Hung would bring them to Hanoi, where Hong would deliver the drug to â€śretailersâ€ť or directly to addicts.
The gang successfully did more than 80 trips with drugs before Hung was caught at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on April 20. (Sources: Thanh Nien News, 29/04/2012)