Aussie, local caught smuggling drugs onto plane in Vietnam

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An Australian national and one from Vietnam were arrested for attempting to transport some 4.18 kilograms of heroin by on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia, the city's customs agency said Tuesday.

The drugs were found in the luggage of the duo, whose identities were not revealed, when they were completing procedures to board a flight bound for Australia at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, according to the agency.

It said the case has been handed over to the city's police division of drug crimes for further investigations.

In other news, a 45-year-old Lao national has been apprehended for allegedly trying to smuggle some 3.3 kilograms of heroin into Vietnam, the headquarters of border guards in the central province of Thanh Hoa announced on Tuesday.

Thao Da Vang was arrested by the Vietnamese border guards and Lao authorities when he was caught transporting the narcotics in a car in Hua Phan Province, Laos.

According to the border guards, Vang had hid the drugs in the car's lights.

He told the agencies that he was delivering the drugs to a Vietnamese who planned to bring them to Thanh Hoa Province for sale.

The case is being investigated.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.

The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.

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