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Vietnam condemns 6 to death for drug offenses

HANOI, Vietnam >> Courts in Vietnam have sentenced six men to death for drug-related offenses in two separate cases.

State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported a court in central Nghe An province on Tuesday convicted ring leader Phan Dinh Tuan and four other men on charges of trafficking 224 pounds of heroin. Tuan was found guilty of masterminding parts of the ring’s operations from his prison cell with a smuggled cellphone.

Meanwhile a court in southern Dong Nai province sentenced another man to death for transporting 31 pounds of methamphetamine.

Court officials are unavailable for comment Wednesday.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Possessing or trafficking 3 1/2 ounces of heroin or 44 pounds of opium is punishable by death.

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