Court in Vietnam sentenced a Russian to 18 years for smuggling cocaine

Court in Vietnam sentenced a Russian to 18 years for smuggling cocaine

The court has not taken into consideration the testimony of Savin, who stated that he had been unaware about the contents of the cargo, which he had been transporting.

A Russian citizen Aleksandr Savin has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking. This was announced on Wednesday by the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City in the southern part of the country, where the case of the Russian was heard.

The convict was arrested in November 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Vietnamese customs officers found 300 grams of heroin in the luggage of the 25-year-old Russian, who had arrived from the United Arab Emirates.

The drug was packed in 13 packages sewn into articles of outer clothing and a sleeping bag. According to the Russian citizen, he was paid 1 thousand dollars for shipment.

"The court does not take into consideration the testimony of Savin, who stated that he was unaware about the contents of the cargo, which he was transporting," the report of the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh says.

Another 30-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation is currently held in detention in Ho Chi Minh on charges of a similar crime. In September 2014, a Rostov-on-Don resident Mariya Dapirka was detained in the airport of Ho Chi Minh City for transportation of drugs. A package with nearly three kilos of cocaine was found in her bag. The girl denies her guilt and says that the drugs had been planted by her friend.

The Vietnam drug control laws are one of the most severe in the world. According to local law, criminals who carry more than 600 grams of synthetic drugs and 20 kg of opium face death penalty or life imprisonment.⁠

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