Pantimoong Narisara from Thailand was given a life prison sentence for drug smuggling in Vietnam.
The twenty-eight year old was arrested at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, in July 2014, where she was found to be in possession of almost four kilograms of heroin.
Narisara who appeared for sentencing on Thursday 16th of March 2017, could have faced the death penalty but was spared because she has a child under the age of three.
The woman had travelled from Brazil.
Upon arriving in Vietnam, authorities discovered the drug sealed in plastic bags within two backpacks, which were placed inside a pair of suitcases.
Narisara claimed an African man known to her only as “David” had sent her to Japan to work for a jewellery company. She was then asked to travel to Brazil, where she met one of David’s friends, who gave her two empty suitcases to take back to Vietnam.
Her defence seems rather flawed based on the statement she gave!
Vietnam, like many Asian countries, has severe penalties for those who flaunt the law by trafficking drugs. The death penalty will be initiated if a person is caught with more than 600 milligrams of the
Class “A” drug.
Death is by lethal injection.