A 45-year-old Nigerian man identified as Ekwegbalu James Nzube, has been sentenced to death by a court in the southern Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, for trafficking nearly four kilograms of methamphetamine from Cambodia.

Nzube, who was convicted on Tuesday, March 2, said he met another Nigerian, Jone, in China in 2014, who hired him to transport drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

According to VN Express, Nzube came to Ho Chi Minh City before going to Cambodia to fetch the drugs for which he was paid $2,000. But while illegally crossing the border into Vietnam last July he was caught by border guards in Tay Ninh Province.

They found in his rucksack, four plastic bags with nearly four kg of meth.

Penalties for drug offences are severe. Under the Vietnamese penal code, a person caught in possession of even a small amount of heroin can be sentenced to death. There are over two dozen foreigners currently serving life sentences or facing the death penalty for drug trafficking offences.

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