A rehab patient who threw MDMA, ketamine and methamphetamine-fuelled raves at the psychiatric hospital he was in has been sentenced to death.
Nguyen Xuan Quy, 39, was admitted to the hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2018.
There, he befriended staff and was afforded privileges other patients were not. By the end of 2020 Quy's room in the facility had been transformed into a soundproofed rave den with strobe lighting, booming speakers and DJ tables.
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Staff and patients would party the nights away, consuming copious amounts of illegal drugs and enjoying the company of sex workers that Quy invited along.
The combination of friendly staff and soundproofed walls allowed him to get away with it for months.
According to local reports, Quy also became the kingpin of a drugs ring that hospital residents who were struggling with addiction would help him run.
People would arrive at the hospital pretending to be caregivers or patients to score. Quy's drug runners were given one million Vietnamese dong (£36.92) and free drugs to meet customers outside the facility and make a deal.
The elaborate scheme came tumbling down in March last year, when police raided the hospital and seized over six kilograms of ketamine, methamphetamine and MDMA as well as bongs and laptops.
According to VICE, Quy and his accomplices were found to have stored, used or sold over 15 kilograms of drugs at the hospital alone.
Zing News reports that Quy has now been sentenced to death "for the crimes of illegal trading in narcotics, organisation of illegal use of narcotics and illegal possession of narcotics".
Another man, Nguyen Van Ngoc, also received the death penalty. He was found guilty of "two crimes of buying and selling and organising illegal drug use".
Several others were convicted too, with sentences ranging from five years to life imprisonment. These included former nurses and a hospital technician.
Do Thi Luu – Quy’s doctor and a former head of department at the facility – got three years in prison for abuse of power.
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She told the court that she knew Quy had renovated his room but didn't deem it "appropriate" to report it to hospital bosses. She also denied receiving a monthly fee of 10million Vietnamese dong (£369) from him.
Tuoi tre news reported last year top hospital management claimed they were unaware of what was happening.
The case saw the Ministry of Health dismiss hospital director Vuong Van Tinh and reprimand several other executives.
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