Police and customs officers in Ho Chi Minh City last week arrested a South African man for smuggling 1.7 kilograms of cocaine into Vietnam.
The 32-year-old man, whose name was withheld, was caught with the drug hidden in separate plastic bags in his luggage, when he arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport on a flight from Qatar's Doha on June 10.
The batch could have been sold for US$300,000 and the man had been promised $3,500, the man reportedly told the police.
Investigation is ongoing.
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.