Vietnam woman caught in Singapore airport with 4 kg of meth

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Singaporean authorities Saturday arrested a Vietnamese woman who was carrying more than 4 kilograms of methamphetamine at Changi Airport.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai, 47, was stopped for checking at 8:45 a.m. when she arrived from Vietnam.


Officials from immigration and the Central Narcotics Bureau found two slabs of a crystallized substance wrapped in aluminum foil in her suitcase.


The slabs were found to contain about 4.1 kg of meth, also called ice,  estimated to be worth around US$500,000. 


The ICA and CNB said in a joint statement Sunday that preliminary investigations suggest that the drugs were likely meant to be taken out of the country and not intended to be sold in Singapore.


Yeoh Poh Teck, a CNB officer, told Thanh Nien the woman would be charged in court today.

Singapore's narcotics laws established by the Misuse of Drugs Act are very strict. The illegal traffic, import or export of more than 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine or morphine, 250 grams of methamphetamine, or 500 grams of cannabis may face the death penalty.

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