Thai student sentenced to death for trafficking speed into Vietnam

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A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a Thai woman to death, on Tuesday,  for trafficking methamphetamine from Benin to Vietnam.

The HCMC People's Court condemned Preeyanooch Phuttharaksa, 23, to death for "illegally transporting drugs."

Phuttharaksa told the court she met a Nigerian man named Nalin at a shopping mall in Bangkok last November.

Nalin asked her to participate in an international narcotics ring; she agreed to do so for the money.

On October 17, 2011, Phuttharaksa flew from Thailand to Togo, and took a bus to Benin.

In Benin, two African men gave her a suitcase and asked her to bring it to Vietnam. She carried the suitcase with her on flights from Benin to Casablanca, Casablanca to Doha and Doha to Ho Chi Minh City.

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On the evening of October 29, 2011, she arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport where customs officials discovered more than three kilograms of methamphetamine at the bottom of her suitcase.

Phuttharaksa told the court she was paid more than US$2,500, excluding airfares, for her trip.

The court said she had trafficked drugs to Vietnam on two previous occasions and Vietnamese police are still investigating.

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