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Australian woman held for attempting to smuggle heroin

Update: December, 15/2014 - 15:00
According to airport customs officials, H T N, 71, had disguised the heroin, valued at about VND10 billion (US$470,000), as cakes of soap and hidden them in her luggage. — Photo kinhdoanhnet

HCM CITY (VNS) — An Australian national was recently caught smuggling nearly 3kg of heroin at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City, while clearing the immigration procedures for a flight to Sydney.

According to airport customs officials, H T N, 71, had disguised the heroin, valued at about VND10 billion (US$470,000), as cakes of soap and hidden them in her luggage.

Further investigation was launched by the HCM City Customs, in conjunction with the police department for drug-related crimes investigation (C47B) at the ministry of public security and the HCM City Police's office for drug-related crimes investigation.

Since the beginning of this month, customs officials at the airport and other forces have discovered three cases of smuggling, involving 6kg of heroin, by passengers leaving the country. — VNS

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