Donna Buenagua Mazon is leaving after a trial in HCM City. (Source: VNA)

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Donna Buenagua Mazon, 41, from the Philippines, was sentenced to death at the second trial of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s court on April 15 for smuggling nearly 1.5 kilograms of cocaine into Vietnam.

In the first trial, Mazon was sentenced to death but she appealed for a lenient sentence and the court quashed the sentence for re-investigation and re-trial.

According to the indictment, on December 31, 2013 customs officers at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport checked Mazon’s baggage and discovered two bags of white powder, weighing over 1.48 kg in total, which was proved to be cocaine.

Donna Buenagua Mazon confessed that a friend in the Philippines asked her to bring the two bags into Vietnam in return for 3,000 USD, plus trip expenses and airplane tickets.-VNA