Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested two Thai citizens during the bust of a ring that allegedly trafficked 2.06 kilograms of cocaine from Brazil into Vietnam, Tuoi Tre reported Friday.
One of the suspects, Chaimongkol Suracha, 30, was caught carrying the drugs hidden in two photo albums when he arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on a flight from Brazil on October 1.
Later that same day, police set up a sting operation and arrested Pakaporn Thatchun, while she was receiving the drugs from Suracha at a hotel in District 1, the newspaper said.
Suracha told police that he got to know two Brazilians, known as Fosta and Mieare, on the Internet and was promised a job at a car export company in Vietnam.
On August 12, Mieare took Suracha to Vietnam, but then said that there was a job vacancy in Brazil, so they took a flight to that country that night, according to the news report.
When they arrived in Brazil, Mieare introduced the Thai man to an African man and left, according to the article, adding that on September 28, Suracha was taken to a supermarket for shopping and given a suitcase.
Later, another African man gave him an air ticket to Vietnam, claiming that he needed to return to Vietnam to meet the employer of the car company to get the job promised earlier by Mieare.
Suracha also said the man gave him the two photo albums as a gift to his friend.
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.
Earlier this week an appeals court in HCMC upheld a death sentence against a 23-year-old Thai student who was caught with more than three kilograms of meth, when she arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on October 29 last year.
She was transporting the drugs for a man from Doha, Qatar, to Vietnam.
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