Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have discovered nearly 380 grams of heroin hidden on the body of a Vietnamese-Australian woman.
The woman, T.K.H., 37, was detained after three bags of heroin were discovered from her body and two small packs of the substance were found in her anus when she was carrying out procedures to leave Vietnam at the airport on Sunday afternoon.
The heroin weighed 379,69 grams in total and its value was estimated at more than VND1.1 billion (US$51,700).
Many other drug trafficking cases have recently been discovered at the same airport, the largest in Vietnam.
The most recent case happened a week ago when the airport’s customs officers discovered nearly 2.89 kg of heroin stashed in peanut and durian sweets in the luggage of a Singaporean man who was about to depart from the airport on Monday.
The man, Loke Dah Lee, 38, was arrested on December 1 while carrying out procedures to leave Vietnam for Kaoshiung, Taiwan, on Flight VN580.
The value of the heroin was estimated at VND10 billion (US$470,000).
Another case occurred on October 5 when a Thai woman, S.A., was caught carrying 1.73 kg of cocaine hidden in a carton of incense packed in her suitcase.
She told police that she had brought the cocaine through four countries without being detected before arriving in Vietnam.
The estimated value of the cocaine is about VND11 billion ($517,000), police said.