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Vietnam sentences American man to death for heroin

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:35 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014

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 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 gram of heroin carries the death penalty.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Death penalty for heroin trafficking - sounds like a plan.
on April 22,2014 | 05:23PM
Anonymous wrote:
The guy knew the risks and he decided to take them for $30k.
on April 22,2014 | 05:42PM
false wrote:
If it were Saudi Arabia, they'd cut off his arms. Either way, we won't hear from him again.
on April 22,2014 | 06:13PM
sailfish1 wrote:
That is the kind of law we need in the U.S. for drug dealers.
on April 22,2014 | 08:01PM
kailua000 wrote:
we have too many soft hearted people and left wingers who think legalizing drugs is the way to go. we're already growing into a nation of lazy people with lax laws. the dumbing of america
on April 23,2014 | 05:03AM
cojef wrote:
Follow up is that our own Justice Department is ready to release thousands who have been convicted of drug crimes, whereas, someone in Viet Nam is gonna die.
on April 23,2014 | 07:48AM
HD36 wrote:
What about pain clinics in Florida that dispense opiates like oxycontin and vicodin? The users crush them up, put water, and inject them. In fact they're made from the same poppy flower.
on April 23,2014 | 10:33AM
Russkar wrote:
Problem solved.
on April 22,2014 | 08:10PM
HOSSANA wrote:
If we had the same kind of laws in the U.S. esp. Hawaii, we wouldn't have overcrowding in prisons.
on April 22,2014 | 08:48PM
HD36 wrote:
If we had the opposite laws and made it legal we wouldn't either.
on April 23,2014 | 10:29AM
jmarie wrote:
Shoot if he was in Hawaii, Hope probation always works, NOT! fire-up old sparky looks like Dinh is going to be doing the electric slide!
on April 22,2014 | 11:11PM
kiragirl wrote:
on April 23,2014 | 05:05AM
inHilo wrote:
Troubling though that they didn't get the real culprit, the man who hired him. And although Dinh may not be crowding the prison system, no doubt someone else will step up for the next $30,000. Seems the death penalty is not a deterrent, although it does allow some people to believe they have done something about the problem.
on April 23,2014 | 07:01AM
ryan02 wrote:
Prison doesn't seem to be a deterrent either, so I guess we shouldn't put drug dealers in jail? And there are still murders, rapes, and robberies too, so maybe prison isn't a deterrent for those crimes? So we shouldn't have a justice system at all? At least the government can save money by doing away with the justice system and all its prisons. Great idea!
on April 23,2014 | 07:07AM
cojef wrote:
There are those among us whose willing to make quick buck$ at every opportunity????/
on April 23,2014 | 07:51AM
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on April 23,2014 | 07:57AM
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on April 23,2014 | 07:57AM
HD36 wrote:
Heroin is almost as addicting as nicotine.
on April 23,2014 | 10:34AM
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