Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Dealing Can Be VERY Unhealthy

Given the penalty, you have to wonder why anyone would deal drugs in Vietnam! From Agence France Presse:
Six drug traffickers handed death penalty in Vietnam

HANOI Jan 11 -- Six drug traffickers were sentenced to death in Vietnam for drug trafficking while five others were handed life sentences, a Ho Chi Minh City court official said Tuesday.

A further 28 defendants, all members of the same drug trafficking network, were jailed for between three and 20 years at the end of a five-day trial that ended Monday in the southern business capital.

Among those handed the death penalty was 35-year-old female ringleader Cu Thi Ngoc Hanh, who was arrested in March 2002 and charged with trafficking heroin and ecstasy pills, the court official said.

Vietnam has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. Anyone found in possession of 300 grams (about 10 ounces) or more of heroin, or over 10 kilograms of opium, faces the death penalty.

At least 115 people were sentenced to death and 82 were executed by firing squad in the communist nation last year, according to figures compiled from state media and court officials.

So far this year three people have been executed.

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