Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat Airport on Sunday arrested a Russian man for smuggling around 6.5 kilograms of cocaine from Dubai into Vietnam.
The officers said they found the suspect luggage of the 25-year-old and demanded to check it. They then found a quilt and three jackets and the large amount of drug inside them.
The suspect, whose identity has been withheld, said a strange man paid him US$1,000 to carry the drug from Chile through different countries including Russia, Brazil and the UAE, before Vietnam.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine 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.