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Thirty People Sentenced to Death for Drug Trafficking at Mass Trial in Vietnam

THIRTY people have been sentenced to death for smuggling over 12 tons of heroin in Vietnam after the country's biggest ever drugs trial.

Due to Vietnam’s position in the Golden Triangle it takes drug smuggling very seriously

 

HANOI – Thirty people have been sentenced to death for smuggling over 12 tons of heroin in Vietnam after the country’s biggest ever drugs trial.

Dozens more have been convicted of trafficking in the south east Asian country and given lengthy jail terms.

the Golden Triangle in Asia which is responsible for huge quantities of the world's heroin

The Golden Triangle  is responsible for huge quantities of the world’s heroin

In total 89 defendants have been found guilty of trafficking heroin between 2006 and 2012 at the mass trial in the province of Quang Ninh, which borers China.

There were so many accused at the proceedings it had to be held outside rather than in a courtroom.

Vietnam is part of the Golden Triangle, one of the world’s main opium-producing areas, and is regularly used as a stop-off point for drug smugglers.

As a result the nation imposes strict punishments on those caught trafficking drugs.

Attempting to move over 100g of heroin is punishable by lethal injection of life imprisonment.

 89 defendants have been found guilty of trafficking heroin in Vietnam with 30 people sentenced to death

89 defendants have been found guilty of trafficking heroin in Vietnam with 30 people sentenced to death

Presiding judge Ngo Duc said: “This was Vietnam’s largest ever trial in terms of defendants, the number of death penalties given out and the amount of heroin involved.

“Because of the large number of defendants and the seriousness of the case, the trial was held at the prison.”

The guilty persons belonged to four major international smuggling rings responsible for transporting heroin and other drugs from nearby Laos into Vietnam and China since 2006.

South east Asia is one of the two regions responsible for the production and transportation of a majority of the world’s heroin – along with the the Golden Crescent of Pakistan and Afghanistan in central Asia.

Opium is produced in Myanmar, the world’s second largest producer, and then transported along the Chiang Rai Thailand-Myanmar (Burma) border for conversion into heroin.

Finished products are then shipped into towns in northern Thailand before being moved to the capital Bangkok for further distribution to international smugglers and couriers, with many attempting to leave the region through Vietnam.

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