Vietnam court sentences Filipino drug trafficker to death

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A court in Hanoi sentenced a Filipino woman to death Tuesday for trafficking 5.4 kilograms of methamphetamine into Vietnam.

Amodia Teresita Palaco, 61, was caught in April when police at Noi Bai airport found the meth in three different plastic bags in her suitcase, which had been modified with two bottoms, news website Dan Tri reported.

She had traveled to Mali, Africa for the drug, then to Kenya, Qatar and Thailand, from where she traveled to Noi Bai and was supposed to have the drugs transferred to Ho Chi Minh City.

The woman said she worked as a hired hand for a Filipino man in Thailand named Joselyn, but no more information has been released. 

She first told police that she had trafficked heroin successfully from Africa to Vietnam two previous times and got paid US$6,000 for the work. But investigators said she then denied her story.

Vietnamese police said they had no evidence against her in those two instances.

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Authorities found she had arrived in Vietnam eight times in total, six through Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and two at Noi Bai. The woman said all other times were for tourism.

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 meth face the death penalty.

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