A coach driver was caught carrying more passengers than allowed and tested positive for crystal meth by law enforcement in Vietnam’s Central Highlands on Wednesday.
T.N.Y., 31, was driving a sleeper bus along a journey from the north-central province of Ha Tinh to Ho Chi Minh City when he was pulled over by traffic police in Kon Tum Province at around 11:30 am.
Officers discovered that he was carrying a total of 60 people in the 42-seater vehicle, according to Colonel Le Dinh Toan, chief of the provincial traffic police division.
As Y. was showing suspicious signs, officers coordinated with a local medical center to have him tested for drug use. The test gave a positive result and the driver also admitted to having consumed crystal meth, Col. Toan said.
The driver was fined VND18 million (US$774), while the sleeper bus was confiscated, the police official added.
The passengers were arranged to board other vehicles to continue their journey.
|A trailer truck driver is held at the police station in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho after testing positive for drugs. Photo: Ngoc Hau / Tuoi Tre
In related news, police in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho confirmed on Wednesday they had caught a trailer truck driver consuming and storing drugs on Tuesday evening.
The driver, 36-year-old Le Trinh Ngoc Khanh, was carrying goods from Vinh Long Province, also in the Mekong Delta, to Can Tho.
He was found drugged and possessing a small bag containing 0.58 grams of crystal meth, along with tools to use the stimulant.
Preliminary information showed that Khanh had been consuming drugs over the past months.