A 23-year-old Nigerian, Theophilus Ugwu, was on Tuesday, May 25 sentenced to death for smuggling nearly six kilos of methamphetamine from Cambodia to Vietnam.
Ugwu, according to Thanh Nien newspaper, was charged with the “illegal trafficking of narcotic substances” by the People’s Court of the Western province of Tay Ninh, Vietnam.
Vietnam police on March 8, 2020, found Ugwu transporting 12 bags containing meth from Cambodia to Vietnam in Tay Ninh’s Ben Cau District, weighing around 5.92 kilograms.
Ugwu said he came from Nigeria to Cambodia last year as a soccer player. But, meet another African, who promised to help him play for a famous Cambodian club.
However, he was hired to deliver the drugs from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). But was busted by the police, which he was paid $1000 to deliver.
In court, Ugwu said he did not know the bag contained drugs. Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws, those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine or over 2.5 kg of methamphetamine faces capital punishment.