12 September 2019 :
A Laotian man was sentenced to death on 9 September 2019 for transporting 35 kilos of heroin into Vietnam last year, and his Vietnamese accomplice got life.
A court in Quang Ninh Province said traffic police in Ha Long Town near the China border stopped Lao man Chittakone Luangaphay, 34, and Phung Trung Dung, 43, on 29 March last year and found the heroin hidden inside the vehicle and two bags of methamphetamine on Dung.
The duo said they had been hired by two Lao men to carry the heroin from the Laotian capital Vientiane to Quang Ninh in northern Vietnam.
Dung said one of the meth bags was from the Lao men as a "gift to help me stay awake" during the long trip.
The plan was to reach Ha Long and for Luangaphay to contact customers and Dung to deliver the drugs.