On May 4, the court of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, passed a verdict against Maria Dapirke, who was detained in August 2014 with 2.8 kg of cocaine. The 32-year-old Russian woman was threatened with the death penalty, but she was sentenced to life imprisonment. Maria’s lawyers, who claim to have become a drug courier as a result of fraud, intend to appeal this decision.
A native of Rostov-on-Don, she also worked in Thailand, where she got acquainted with the Nigerian Nick. The couple got involved and they even intended to get married.
Maria flew to his homeland, and on the way back in her suitcase found drugs. According to the woman, the suitcase was a gift from Nick and it had a double bottom. As for Nick himself, he was never found.