Nine drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam on Friday for selling methamphetamine and heroin in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.
Heroin has long been the drug of choice among users in Vietnam, mostly older men, but synthetic drugs use is on the rise especially among a growing class of hard-partying youth.
The sentences handed down Friday were among the toughest in years and came after a four-long trial in northern Ha Nam province.
The ringleaders were convicted for trading 18.5 kilograms (40 pounds) of heroin and 563 grams of methamphetamine in northern Vietnam, according to the state-run Vietnam news agency.
Three others were given life in prison, and 10 others were sentenced to between seven to 21 years in jail in connection with the…
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