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Officers break up Laos-Vietnam drug ring, confiscate 100,000 narcotics pills

Sunday, June 02, 2019, 11:23 GMT+7
Officers break up Laos-Vietnam drug ring, confiscate 100,000 narcotics pills
Officers in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh apprehend Thao Phet near the Laos-Vietnam border on May 31, 2019. Photo: Quang Binh Border Guards

Officers in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh have arrested a Laotian suspect and confiscated 100,000 pills of synthetic drugs as they broke up an illicit ring that smuggled narcotics from Laos into Vietnam.

The provincial border guard unit confirmed on Saturday it had apprehended Thao Phet, 50, who lives in Bolikhamsai Probince, Laos.

The suspect was riding his pickup truck along a trail in Laos’ Khammouane Province and heading toward the Laos-Vietnam Border on Friday afternoon.

He was spotted by Quang Binh border guards and police in Khammouane Province, before attempting to escape in the vehicle.

Thao Phat and his synthetics drugs in this photo provided by officers

Thao Phat and his synthetic drugs are seen in this photo provided by officers

The officers chased him down and were eventually able to arrest the man.

They also found multiple plastic bags containing 100,000 pills of synthetic drugs that were hidden in the pickup truck.

This is the second largest drug case that Quang Binh border guard officers have busted since the beginning of 2019.

They previously apprehended four armed Laotian men in late March, seizing a total of 110,000 pills of synthetic drugs.

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