Police in Hanoi have broken up a ring that smuggled more than 2,200 pills of synthetic drugs from central provinces to northern localities.
The municipal Department of Police has discovered the racket which transported narcotics from central Vietnam to the northern provinces of Lang Son, Bac Ninh, and Bac Giang for distribution.
Following an investigation, police were able to identify Do Duy Thu, who resides in Dong Anh District, Hanoi, as an important link in the gang, responsible for the transportation of the drugs.
Thu had five prior convictions and finished his jail term in 2016.
Competent agencies started following the smuggler as he was traveling from the Vietnamese capital toward the central region.
|The drugs are confiscated by police officers. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
The suspect was caught red-handed as he headed back to the north with the illegal products.
Officers apprehended Thu and confiscated his car, which was containing over 2,200 pills of synthetic drugs and about 500 grams of crystal meth.
Thu admitted he had been hired to smuggle the stimulants to Bac Ninh Province and expected to be paid VND15 million (US$660) when the job was done.
Officers are expanding their investigation in order to capture those involved in the ring.