Vietnamese-Australian woman gets life sentence for drug smuggling

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Monday sentenced a Vietnamese-Australian woman to life in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin from Vietnam into Australia.


Nguyen Thi Minh Loan, 56, was arrested at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 10 p.m. on May 18, 2012 when custom officers found five packs of white powder in her luggage before was able to board a flight to Sydney.


The packs, which were cleverly hidden in her suitcase, weighed more than 1.3 kilograms.


The powder was later identified as heroin.


Loan was charged with "illegally transporting drugs."


Under Vietnamese law, those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine are eligible for the death penalty.



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