Vietnamese woman to face firing squad for drug trafficking – Agence France Presse

Hmmm… definitely a good deterrent this…

September 21, 2004 Tuesday 3:39 AM GMT

A Vietnamese woman has been sentenced to death for attempting to traffic heroin to Taiwan, a court official said Tuesday.

Nguyen Anh Minh, 36, was arrested on July 29 last year at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport while trying to board a flight to Taipei after customs officers discovered nearly 700 grammes of heroin in her luggage.

Minh, who was found guilty on Monday by the southern business capital’s People’s Court, said she had been paid 800 dollars by an anonymous Vietnamese man to deliver the haul to a Taiwanese man, the official said.

Under the communist nation’s tough drug laws, anyone found in possession of 300 grammes (10 ounces) or more of heroin, or 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds) or more of opium, could face the death penalty.

At least people 88 have been sentenced to death this year in Vietnam and 48 have been executed by firing squad, according to figures compiled from state media and court officials.