Trang A Tang at the court (Source: VNA)
Bac Ninh (VNA) – Drug baron Trang A Tang and eight accomplices have been given death sentence while three others have received life imprisonment for their involvement in trafficking 1,791 heroin bricks and 553 drug pills.

The People’s Court of northern Bac Ninh province announced the penalties on September 21 after four days of trial.

Trang A Tang (alias Tang Keangnam), 34, from Moc Chau district of northern Son La province trafficked 1,791 heroin bricks (about 350 grams each) and 553 synthetic drug pills for 13 times from 2009. He earned 608,500 USD from the trafficking.

Aside from the capital punishment, he has to return 608,000 USD and pay up to 500 million VND (22,410 USD) in fines. Other assets linked to drug trafficking will also be confiscated.

The death penalty is also imposed on Trang A Nenh (25, Tang’s foster brother), Giang A Cho (45, a policeman in Moc Chau district), Giang A Nha (32, Tang’s brother-in-law), Sung A Lanh (42, from Mai Chau district of Hoa Binh province), Song A Nenh (43, from Van Ho district of Son La), Trang A Mua (45, from Van Ho district), Vu Van Lam (48, from Van Ho district), and Trang A Ky (44, from Van Ho district).

Meanwhile, Luong Thi Thao (37, from Bac Giang city), Giang Thi Sua (32, Tang’s wife), and Trang A Chu (58, Tang’s father) will spend life behind bars.

At about 1pm of July 26, 2013, police tried to stop two cars driven by Trang A Tang and Giang Thi Sua for check in Vo Cuong ward of Bac Ninh city, but they didn’t obey. Police chased and stopped the cars in Song Khe commune of Bac Giang city.

Up to 265 heroin bricks (weighing 91.76kg) and 553 methamphetamine pills (weighing 51.5 grams) were found in the cars.

Investigation results show that Trang A Tang masterminded the ring which trafficked drugs from Laos to Bac Giang province via Son La.

Tang bought drugs from some Mong ethnic people in Laos and Thailand and gathered the narcotics at the house of his father, Trang A Chu. The drugs were then sold to Luong Thi Thao in Bac Giang and others, according to the indictment.-VNA