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Vietnam sentences six members of smuggling gang to death for heroin trafficking

Published on Jun 6, 2014 7:37 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam on Friday sentenced six members of a smuggling gang to death for trafficking heroin and the party drug ecstasy, state media said.

The two-week trial ended in northern Hoa Binh province Friday with the 25 defendants all found guilty of moving some 620kg of heroin and 1,400 ecstasy pills between Hanoi and Vietnam's northern provinces.

Seven defendants were sentenced to life in prison, while 12 more were jailed for between 12 and 20 years on the same charge, according to the official Vietnam News Agency.

Communist Vietnam has some of the world's toughest anti-drug laws. Anyone found guilty of possessing more than 600g of heroin, or more than 20kg of opium, can face the death penalty.

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