Lee Loke Dah, 40, was arrested at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in December 2014 with a plastic bag containing thousands of capsules. Further tests confirmed that the drug was heroin.

The man, who had entered the country four days earlier, told investigators that he stole the bag from a stranger in a hotel in District 5 and that he was not aware of the drug.

Prosecutors rejected these claims. The court found him guilty of drug trafficking.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is punishable by death. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine also face the death penalty.

Thanh Nien News - April 30, 2016


2 Laos men caught smuggling 12 kg of heroin to Vietnam

Border guards in Nghe An Province in central Vietnam have arrested two Laos men for smuggling nearly 12 kilograms of heroin into Vietnam.

The suspects, 40 and 45 years old, were caught on Sunday afternoon while carrying the heroin and 15,000 ecstasy pills on a motorbike.

Officers said the batch was the biggest drug haul seized in the border province this year.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is punishable by death.

Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine also face the death penalty.

By Khanh Hoan - Thanh Nien News - April 18, 2016