Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs Office (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) has just arrested three flight attendants of Vietnam Airlines carrying more than 10kg of ecstasy and drugs on flight VN010 from France to Vietnam.
On the afternoon of March 16, leaders of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam confirmed that three flight attendants of Vietnam Airlines on flight VN010 were arrested for carrying drugs and ecstasy from France to Vietnam.
Flight VN010 took off on March 15 from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (Paris, France) to Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).
The identities of the three flight attendants of Vietnam Airlines announced include:
- Dang Phuong Van (Đặng Phương Vân), born on October 7, 1996;
- Nguyen Thanh Thuy (Nguyễn Thanh Thuỷ), born on August 1, 1986;
- Tran Thi Thu Ngan (Trần Thị Thu Ngân), born on October 20, 1993.
Objects who take advantage of the flight crew’s luggage are often less rigorously checked to transport drugs. With a large number like that, it is clear that this is not the first time the subjects have carried out drug smuggling to Vietnam.
“We are asking Vietnam Airlines to report specifically on this incident. Currently, the case is being investigated and clarified by the competent forces”, the leader of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam emphasized.
Currently, Vietnam Airlines has not made an official announcement about this incident. Vietnam Airlines is a state-owned airline.
It is known that with the above amount of drugs, the transporters will face the highest sentence of Vietnamese law, which is the death penalty.
The leader of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam affirmed: In order to prevent and combat smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods via air, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has requested units to continue to strengthen inspection and supervision to prevent, promptly detect, stop and handle the subjects of smuggling and illegally transporting goods by air.
In particular, airlines are required to be responsible for directing flight crews and flight attendants to check internally and regularly control flight crews while on duty; thoroughly grasp and request the flight crew to strictly observe the provisions of the law on anti-smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods in aviation activities;
Directing the airline’s aviation security department to focus on analyzing and assessing the situation, determining the key points of time, flight, flight segment, objects, methods and tricks of operation to coordinate the Navy forces, aviation security control force.
In addition, measures must be taken to closely inspect flights and specific objects in order to improve effectiveness. In fact, the activities of criminals buying, selling and illegally transporting narcotics and precursors across the Vietnam border are still very complicated.
Objects of drug trafficking and transporting via air, courier, and postal routes use sophisticated camouflage tricks such as: Putting drugs in fake compartments in bags, packages, in medicine bottles, functional foods, candy boxes, cosmetics, in household items or ingesting drugs in people… in order to cope with the inspection of scanners and professional dogs of Customs.