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Australian woman caught with drugs in a love scam may hang

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto is on trial for drug charges and faces the death penalty.

An Australian grandmother, Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 54, travelled to Shanghai in 2014 to meet a “Captain Daniel Smith,” whom she met and fell in love with online. He claimed to be an American soldier serving in Afghanistan, and asked her to bring a backpack to Melbourne.

At a stopover in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Maria was arrested. The backpack contained 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine sewn into a hidden compartment.

Maria is now on trial. If she is convicted, she could face the death penalty. Malaysia has a mandatory death by hanging penalty for drug trafficking.

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