April 22, 2014 10:50 pm

American sentenced to death in Vietnam for heroin trafficking

State media say a court in Vietnam has sentenced an American to death for heroin trafficking.

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HANOI, Vietnam – State media say a court in Vietnam has sentenced an American to death for heroin trafficking.

The Liberated Saigon newspaper says Jason Dinh, 41, was convicted of trafficking 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of heroin at a one-day trial by Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Court on Tuesday.

The paper said Wednesday that Dinh was arrested last June after customs officials found the heroin hidden in his underwear as he was boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia.

The report quoted the indictment as saying Dinh was hired by an unidentified man to carry the heroin for $30,000. Court officials were not available for comment Wednesday.

Vietnam has some of the world toughest drug laws, where possessing or trafficking 100 grams of heroin carries the death penalty.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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