Vietnam has detained an Australian woman of Vietnamese origin who transported over 1.4 kg of heroin, according to local newspaper People's Army on Tuesday.
Vietnamese police and custom officers found the drug hidden on her body and in the luggage of the 33-year-old woman named Jasmine Luong on Feb. 13 when she was going to fly from Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City to Australia.
According to Vietnamese investigators, she is a member of an international heroin trafficking ring formed in 2003, and the ring uses Vietnam as one of drug transit points.
Last year, Vietnam detected 10,783 drug-related cases, detaining 16,686 involved people, and seizing 276.6 kg of heroin, 645 kg of marijuana, 62,870 lab-made drug pills, and 167,138 pills and tubes containing addictive substances, according to the latest statistics from the country's Ministry of Public Security.
Under Vietnam's laws, anyone possessing, trading or trafficking heroin of 600 grams or above can be sentenced to death or life in prison.