Russian gets 18 years for drug smuggling in Vietnam
The police detained the 26-year-old girl in January 2018. She was receiving a package from Germany, which contained about 700 grams of ecstasy.
A Vietnamese court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced Russian citizen Galina Nikolaenko to 18 years in prison for drug smuggling.
Russian Sergey Lelekov, who is held in Thai prison, has for the first time spoken about the conditions of detention and hopes to return home.
According to Gazeta.ru, the police detained the 26-year-old girl in January 2018. It is noted that she was receiving a package from Germany, which contained about 700 grams of ecstasy, at the post office.
The Russian said she had been “misled and deceived.” Allegedly, the parcel was sent in the name of a man named Nikolay, who asked Nikolaenko to pick up the package from the post office and leave it near a trash can outside a restaurant.
The girl said she had met him in the restaurant in December 2017, when she was visiting Vietnam as a tourist.
May 4, a Ho Chi Minh city court sentenced Russian woman Maria Dapirka to life imprisonment for importing cocaine. The girl was detained at the airport in 2014. She was returning with a transfer from Brazil. 2.7 kg of cocaine were found in a cache hidden in her suitcase.
The smuggling of more than 100 g of hard drugs, which in Vietnam include cocaine and heroin, provides for the death penalty. Dapirka said she did not know about drugs, and her friend whom she had met in Thailand gave her the bag.
According to the girl’s family, her friend was a Nigerian drug dealer. He had repeatedly deceived the girls in this way, entering into an intimate relationship with them.
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