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Vietnam arrests two for allegedly smuggling drugs from Cambodia

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 13:32 GMT+7
Vietnam arrests two for allegedly smuggling drugs from Cambodia
This photo shows 26.6kg of alleged drugs seized by Vietnamese border guards and police officers in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam, April 13, 2019. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese border guards and police officers have just captured two locals for purportedly smuggling illegal drugs from Cambodia into Vietnam.

Police officers from the Ministry of Public Security and southern An Giang Province were finishing procedures to search and arrest Du Quoc Cuong, a 29-year-old man from the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, and Trinh Cong Nghia, a 41-year-old man from An Giang, on Saturday evening when the two were found carrying a large amount of drugs from Cambodia, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Cuong and Nghia were crossing the border from Cambodia into An Giang, located in southwestern Vietnam, on a motorbike that bore a Vietnamese number plate at 4:00 pm, the source said.

The two were intercepted when they had just gone past the Dong Ky ferry station in An Phu District, An Giang, with 26.6kg of alleged drugs.

Of the amount, 8.2kg was suspected to be synthetic drugs, the remaining 18.4kg being crystal meth.

“Authorities are investigating the case to find out who would have bought this drug haul and how they would have done it,” the source added.

An Giang border guards told Tuoi Tre that this was the largest drug haul to have ever been busted in the province so far.

“The Ministry of Public Security will be responsible for expanding the investigation,” an An Giang border guard leader said.

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