Hanoi (dpa) – A Singaporean was arrested in southern Vietnam for trying to smuggle three kilogrammes of heroin in flavoured candies and peanut shells, the Ho Chi Minh Police newspaper said Wednesday.
The suspect was caught at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City attempting to clear customs procedures for a flight to Taiwan, Thanh Nien newspaper reported, quoting police.
The drug, estimated to be worth about $500,000, was concealed in small capsules inside candy wrappers for durian-flavoured candies and inside peanut shells, the report said.
Customs officials said it was the first time they had seen heroin concealed in such a way.
Communist-ruled Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug-trafficking laws. Anyone convicted for more than 600 grammes of heroin or 20 kilogrammes of opium usually receives the death penalty.