A South African man has been sentenced to death by a court in Vietnam after he was found guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of cocaine.
According to Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper, Coetzee Tyron Lee was convicted in a half-day trial. It said Lee was arrested in June 2016 upon arriving at the city’s Tan Son Nhat international airport after officials found the drug in his bag.
Lee told investigators that he was hired by a Nigerian man to transport the drug for $3,500 which would be paid after his arrival in Vietnam, it said.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Trafficking 100 grams or more of heroin or cocaine is punishable by death.