SOUTH VIET NAM: Another Sort of H-Bomb

As an off-duty Air Vietnam stewardess, Mrs. Nguyen Ngoc Quy expected to be waved through customs as usual when she stepped off her flight from Bangkok last month at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport. Instead, officials opened her baggage, revealing 19.8 lbs. of heroin and an ugly new quirk in American-South Vietnamese relations.

Her arrest provided the first lead in an unfolding scandal that has already embarrassed the regime of President Nguyen Van Thieu. Mrs. Quy, 26, turned out to be a very well connected young woman. She is the daughter of...

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