Eight defendants at a magistrate’s court in Kon Tum province on April 16, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Tran Hoa
A court in Kon Tum province in the central highlands sentenced two Chinese men to death on Saturday for leading an operation producing more than 11 kg of methamphetamine.
Cao Zi Li and Jian Huang, both 59, identified as the ringleaders, were convicted of “illegal production of narcotic substances”.
Another Chinese accomplice identified as Yang Yuan De was sentenced to life imprisonment while five others, including a Vietnamese national, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 34 months to 20 years.
According to the indictment, Cao was sentenced to life in China for illegal drug trafficking in 2002. In October 2017, Li was granted amnesty and released from prison.
However, he contacted some Chinese compatriots to go to Vietnam to open a methamphetamine production plant.
Since March 2019, Li and a group of his compatriots have rented two factories in Dak Ha district (Kon Tum) and Quy Nhon city (Binh Dinh) to produce methamphetamine under the guise of a “meth production laboratory”. insecticides”.
In August of the same year, the local police responded to the denunciations of the inhabitants and raided the factory in the Dak Ha district. They seized more than 11 kg of methamphetamine as well as machinery used to produce methamphetamine.
Li and his accomplices were arrested soon after.
Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty in Vietnam. The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable.