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Aust Arrested In Vietnam Allegedly Smuggling 5kg Heroin

Vietnamese authorities have arrested an Australian woman for allegedly trafficking heroin.

The Thanh Nien newspaper says the 37-year old woman of Vietnamese origin was detained on Sunday at Tan Son Nhat airport in the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City after authorities found nearly 5 kilograms of heroin hidden in her luggage.

The newspaper reported on Monday that the woman told officials she was paid $US25,000 ($A33,500) to transport the heroin to Australia.

Last month, an Australian woman was sentenced to death for trying to traffic heroin from Vietnam to Australia.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws, where trafficking even small amounts of heroin is punishable by death.

AAP

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