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Ten drug smugglers sentenced to death in Vietnam

AFP  |  Hanoi 

has sentenced 10 people to death for meth, and ecstasy across the country by train, reported Friday as the communist country deepens its crackdown on

The gang shifted 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of from to the southern economic hub of between 2015 and 2016, according to state-run media on Friday.

Five men and five women were given the death penalty after the trial this week in Hanoi, while two others got life in prison.

"The two ringleaders were paid hundreds thousands of dollars," for trafficking the drugs, state-run Vietnamnet site reported.

Court officials could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The trial comes on the heels of several massive busts in Vietnam, which boasts some of the world's toughest drug laws.

Anyone caught with more than 600 grams (21 ounces) of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine can face the death penalty.

Last week police seized half a tonne of in and arrested three Taiwanese and one Chinese citizen in the bust.

That bust came just weeks after a similar haul of one tonne of crystal meth -- or "ice" -- and around one tonne of in the city.

Young Vietnamese are increasingly turning to synthetics like ketamine, ecstasy and meth.

The suspected overdose deaths of seven youngsters at a music festival in last year stunned the conservative communist capital.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 12:01 IST