When you think of drug traffickers, the last person you'd suspect is the 73 year-old Vitenamese-Australian woman sitting next to you on the plane, right? But don't be so quick to underestimate the elderly - it turns out even 73 year olds have the balls to stuff 2.8kg worth of heroin inside 36 bars of soap and board a flight back to Australia. Or so it seems.
In December 2014, Nguyen Thi Huong was caught trying to fly to Australia with 36 bars of heroin-filled soap in her handbag. Even though she claimed she had no idea what was inside them and they were a gift from a woman named Helen, the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court have found her guilty, sentencing her to death by lethal injection. Gulp.
According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), under Vietnamese law, Huong can appeal the death sentence within 15 days. "We are concerned that an Australian citizen has been sentenced to death in Vietnam," read a statement. "There is still some way to go before this legal process concludes." According to this same DFAT statement, published by SBS, Australia "will continue to provide consular assistance and support to the woman and her family. Universal opposition to capital punishment is a long-established policy of Australian governments."
Huong maintains that she thought the soap was a gift, but because she couldn't prove 'Helen' was real, the court found her guilty, calling her "extremely dangerous to the community."