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Two Taiwanese arrested in Ho Chi Minh City one-ton drug bust

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 11:38 GMT+7
Two Taiwanese arrested in Ho Chi Minh City one-ton drug bust
Meth disguised as tea bags are seized in a drug bust in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City police

Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested and launched criminal investigation against two Taiwanese men and a Vietnamese national in a large-scale drug bust that saw the seizure of over 1.1 metric tons of meth and ketamine.

Yeh Ching Wei and Chiang Wei Chih, both carrying Taiwanese passports, were caught transporting 606.02 kilograms of methamphetamine on April 12.

The drugs were packaged as tea bags and concealed inside acoustic speakers found on two trucks.

Yeh and Chiang told the police they were working on the order of a Chinese national to transport the drugs from the neighboring province of Dong Nai to Ho Chi Minh City.

Chiang, 31, has entered Vietnam three times since 2018 while it was the first time in Vietnam for Yeh, 33, according to the municipal police.

The drugs they were found transporting had been smuggled into Vietnam from Thailand through local cargo company Ngoc Van, which had another shipment of drugs delivered to an address in District 3.

Following this lead, police officers in the southern metropolis were able to catch Vietnamese national Bui Nguyen Huy Vu, 38, while he was transporting 49.32 kilograms of synthetic drugs.

Nearly three kilograms of synthetic drugs and 998.69 grams of ketamine as well as a loaded revolver were also found at Vu’s residence.

The man said he was working on the order of a suspect in Laos.

Traffic police officers inspect a truck loaded with meth-containing acoustic speakers in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City police
Traffic police officers inspect a truck loaded with meth-containing acoustic speakers in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City police

On April 13, police officers raided a storage of Ngoc Van shipping company and seized another 451.98 kilograms of meth, also disguised as tea bags.

In total, 1,110.26 kilograms of meth and 998.69 grams of ketamine were confiscated in the massive drug bust.

The municipal police have also launched criminal investigation against and arrested Yeh, Chiang and Vu on drug charges.

Ho Chi Minh City police said it is working with the Ministry of Public Security and police in the north-central provinces of Ha Tinh and Nghe An to find links between recent hauls of narcotics across the country and investigate the roles of suspects operating from Thailand, Laos and Malaysia.

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