A Ho Chi Minh City court on Monday sentenced a 31-year-old Nigerian man to death for smuggling more than 3.4 kg of synthetic drugs from Qatar to Vietnam in June 2012, VietnamBreakingNews reports.
Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu, who arrived at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport on June 23, 2012, was charged with illegally transporting drugs, the HCMC People’s Court said.
While examining Ikechukwu’s luggage upon his arrival, customs officers discovered 19 bags of white powder hidden in 16 metal cylinders and a laptop adapter. Tests conducted later showed that the powder was methamphetamine, a kind of synthetic drug.
Ikechukwu was arrested the same day and confessed that he was carrying the cylinders and adapter for a man named Onyekachi, who is still at large.
According to Ikechukwu’s testimony, Onyekachi said that when he arrived in Vietnam, someone would contact him to take pick up the goods.
Under Vietnam’s Penal Code, those who are convicted of smuggling more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine will be given a death sentence.
The capital penalty is also applied for those who are indicted for producing or selling 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics.
Several foreigners have recently been sentenced to death for smuggling drugs into Vietnam.