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Suspected narcotics wash up on Vietnam beaches

Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 14:54 GMT+7
Suspected narcotics wash up on Vietnam beaches
Officers in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri examine the packages of suspected drugs which were found washing up on a local beach on December 2, 2019. Photo: T.A / Tuoi Tre

Dozens of packages of suspected narcotics have washed up on the coast of several provinces in central and north-central Vietnam, with competent authorities now investigating where they come from.

The incident first occurred on Saturday when residents in Tam Ky City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, found a total of 25 bricks of drugs along a local beach.

On the following day, a scrap collector in the central province of Thua-Thien Hue, about 200 kilometers from Tam Ky City, picked up many packages containing white crystals and submitted them to local border guard officers.

The suspected narcotics weighed a total of 7.8 kilograms.

Packages of suspect drugs discovered in the north-central province of Thua-Thien Hue on December 1, 2019 are seen in this photo provided by police officers.

Packages of suspected drugs discovered in the central province of Thua-Thien Hue on December 1, 2019 are seen in this photo provided by police officers.

Police in both provinces later coordinated with each other to determine the origin of the products and whether or not the two cases are related.

While the investigation was ongoing, a man in the north-central province of Quang Tri spotted a plastic container washing up on a local beach on Monday.

Bricks of heroin found along a beach in the central province of Quang Nam on November 30, 2019 are seen in this photo. Photo: Manh Truong / Tuoi Tre

Bricks of heroin found along a beach in the central province of Quang Nam on November 30, 2019 are seen in this photo. Photo: Manh Truong / Tuoi Tre

There were seven bags of suspected crystal meth inside the liquid container.

According to officers in Quang Tri, the packages have two layers of wrappings and look similar to those found in Thua-Thien Hue.

The outer layer has some Chinese writing while the inner cover is marked with three ‘A’ letters.

The incidents have been reported to the Ministry of Public Security for further investigation.

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