HANOI, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam on Monday handed down 30 death sentences for 30 out of 89 defendants in one of Vietnam's biggest transnational drug trafficking ever uncovered.
The Quang Ninh provincial people's court on Monday announced punishment for 89 defendants involving in four transnational drug trafficking rings, with 30 death sentences, 13 life imprisonments and 13-20 years imprisonment for other 46 defendants.
The defendants were charged with trafficking and smuggling more than 1.47 tons of heroin, 35 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and over 323,400 methamphetamine tablets from Laos to Vietnam and China, reported Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA on Monday.
The defendants belonged to four drug trafficking rings which were uncovered following the arrest of Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, 54, in April 2012. Ngoc had been bringing illegal narcotics from Laos to Vietnam since 2006, said the indictment.
The defendants also were prosecuted for falsifying material, illegally stockpiling weapons and giving bribe.
According to Vietnamese law, those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the highest penalty of death.
The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death, reported local online newspaper Thanhnien (Young People).