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3 men sentenced to death for transporting 3kg of meth

A court in the central Quang Tri Province sentenced three men to death Tuesday for sending three kilograms of methamphetamine through an express delivery company.

Le Ngoc Anh, 34, Nguyen Ba Chung, 27, and Nguyen Huu Loc, 25, of Dong Ha Town were found guilty of “illegal transportation of narcotic substances,” by the Quang Tri People’s Court.

In August last year Anh had been hired over phone by an unidentified person to receive, pack and deliver the meth to nearby Quang Nam Province. He would be paid VND40 million (US$1,600).

Anh hired Chung for the work and promised to pay him VND20 million.

On September 1 he went to an alley on Ham Nghi Street in Dong Ha to receive the drugs from Loc, took it home and hid it.

Later he wrote a person’s name and address on the drug package and told an acquaintance to send it through a local package delivery service, take a photo of the receipt and sent it to Chung.

The acquaintance did not know what was in the package.

Anh received the VND40 million the same day and gave Chung VND13 million, and promised to pay the rest later.

The delivery company checked the package and discovered the meth and promptly reported to the police.

Vietnam has been identified by security agencies as a key trafficking hub for narcotics despite having some of the world’s toughest drug laws.

Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth face the death penalty.

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