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Vietnam police seize over 14,000 meth pills from human-ashes bus

Sunday, February 03, 2019, 09:55 GMT+7
Vietnam police seize over 14,000 meth pills from human-ashes bus
An officer has a police dog search for drugs inside a minibus in Thu Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam, February 2, 2019. Photo: Thuong Hien / Tuoi Tre

Law enforcement seized over 14,000 meth tablets hidden in a minibus in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue on Saturday, according to a local officer.

The pink pills, stashed in 70 packages, were found inside a bus used for carrying human ashes while it was being parked on Le Loi Street in Hue, the provincial capital city, in the afternoon.

Police arrested Quang Van Tien, 23, who was identified as the drugs’ owner, and his 18-year-old accomplice, Luong Van Thanh.

Tien confessed that he had purchased the pills from his mother for VND175 million (US$7,525) and persuaded Thanh to transport the drugs in the vehicle to dodge authorities.

Officials open a package of drugs inside a bus in Thu Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam, February 2, 2019. Photo: Thuong Hien / Tuoi Tre
Officials open a package of drugs in a bus in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam, February 2, 2019. Photo: Thuong Hien / Tuoi Tre
Drugs packages and meth pills confiscated from a bus in Thu Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam, February 2, 2019. Photo: Thuong Hien / Tuoi Tre
Drug packages and meth pills confiscated from a bus in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam, February 2, 2019. Photo: Thuong Hien / Tuoi Tre

This is the largest drug haul that the Thua Thien-Hue police have ever discovered, a local official said.

It is unclear how much meth was seized but in Vietnam unlawfully transporting over 100 grams of the illegal substance is punishable with up to 20 years in prison, life imprisonment or the death penalty.

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