Flight Attendants Arrested for Trafficking 11 Kilograms of Drugs in Toothpaste Tubes

A group of flight attendants from Vietnam Airlines has been arrested for suspected drug trafficking after 11.4 kilograms of drugs were found concealed in their luggage on a flight from France to Vietnam.

The flight attendants, Vo Tu Quynh, Tran Thi Thu Ngan, Dang Phuong Van, and cabin manager Nguyen Thanh Thuy, were apprehended after touching down at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport from Paris on Thursday morning.

Customs officials at the airport flagged the attendants’ luggage as suspicious, with narcotics officers discovering 8.4 kilograms of gray tablets and 3 kilograms of white powder concealed in toothpaste tubes, Vietnamese authorities said on Friday. The substances were found to be ecstasy, cocaine, and ketamine, according to Radio Free Asia.

According to local reports, the flight attendants appeared to be shocked when questioned by police. They claimed that a person in France had paid them 10 million Vietnamese dong ($424) to carry the packages in their luggage. The attendants, described by a Vietnam Airlines spokesperson as fairly young with limited work experience in the company, agreed to the deal without examining the packages carefully, claiming they were exhausted after a long flight.

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