Chinese police handed a criminal on the Interpol’s wanted list over to their Vietnamese counterparts on Monday after the drug ring member had remained fugitive for several months.
Nong Van Khoi was given to the Vietnamese law enforcement at a Vietnam-China border crossing.
The 27-year-old was apprehended in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, where he was hiding at the house of a relative.
Khoi is believed to play a crucial role in a cross-border drug trafficking ring that Vietnamese authorities busted in February, who then seized a haul of 101 kilograms of heroin worth around VND57 billion (US$2.4 million).
|Nong Van Khoi sits in police custody. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Five people were arrested, including the 31-year-old kingpin Tran Van Bang, who hails from Vinh Phuc Province, next to Hanoi.
During further investigation, police officers found Khoi was a major missing piece in the drug trafficking racketeering.
He was then put on the national wanted list in July and the Interpol’s one two months later.
According to Vietnamese law, anyone trading over 100 grams of heroin, methamphetamine or ecstasy is liable to a 20-year prison term, life imprisonment or death penalty.