The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on September 25 sentenced three members of a drug trafficking ring to death.

Following a three-day trial, Nguyen Van Binh, born in 1970, from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Le Hoang Hoi (1954, An Giang province) and Tran Dinh Tam (1971, Ho Chi Minh City) were given the death sentence.

Four others of the ring Nguyen Tan Duy (1972, Quang Nam province), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga (1976, Ca Mau), Truong Quoc Thang (1974, Ho Chi Minh City) and Duong Ngoc Canh (1985, Dong Nai) received the life imprisonment sentence, while eight others were sentenced to from more than 3 years to 30 years behind bars.

According to the indictment, the accused together formed a trans-national drug trafficking ring. Some also smuggled military weapons from Cambodia to sell in Vietnam.

Nguyen Van Binh trafficked 4,605 grams of heroin and 10.15 grams of synthetic drugs, while Le Hoang Hoi illegally traded 3,817 grams of heroin and 391.35 grams of synthetic drugs, and Tran Dinh Tam smuggled 1,650 grams of heroin.

From July 22, 2007 to August 21, 2008, all members of the ring were arrested by Ho Chi Minh City’s police.-VNA