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UPDATED: 11:22, March 05, 2007
Vietnam detains Australian man for drug transport
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Vietnam has arrested a Vietnamese Australian man who transported 1.1 kg of heroin, according to local newspaper Youth on Monday.

Vietnamese police and custom officers found the drug hidden within the underwear of the 40-year-old man named Tony Manh on March 3 when he was going to board a flight from Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney, Australia.

According to Vietnamese investigators, he is member of an international heroin trafficking ring, and the ring uses Vietnam as one of drug transit points.

Late last month, Vietnam detained an Australian woman of Vietnamese origin who transported over 1.4 kg of heroin when she was going to fly from the southern city to Australia.

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.

Source: Xinhua

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