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Ho Chi Minh City police break up illegal ring smuggling drugs from Cambodia

Ho Chi Minh City police break up illegal ring smuggling drugs from Cambodia

Wednesday, April 01, 2020, 13:00 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police break up illegal ring smuggling drugs from Cambodia
Narcotics related to an illegal drug ring are confiscated by police in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 24, 2020. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Police Department

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have broken up an illegal drug ring caught with more than 14 kilograms of narcotics and over 4,300 pills of ecstasy smuggled from Cambodia.

The municipal police bureau affirmed on Tuesday it had cooperated with the anti-drug unit under the Ministry of Public Security in breaking up the illicit racket.

The ring is allegedly led by Huynh Tri Thuc, 47, who resides in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City.

Thuc is suspected of colluding with a group of Vietnamese nationals in Cambodia to smuggle narcotics from the country into Ho Chi Minh City.

At around 8:30 am on March 24, officers raided a venue on Lu Gia Street in District 11 and caught Pham Di Chuan, 48, in the act of receiving drugs from Nguyen Quoc Duy, another suspect.

More than 9.9 kilograms of meth, 4.57 kilograms of ketamine, and 4,322 pills of ecstasy (MDMA) were confiscated.

At the police station, Chuan claimed he was taking orders from Thuc.

Police later searched Thuc’s residence and found two plastic bottles and three glass bottles containing an orange powder, suspected to be a kind of narcotics, and a pill of ecstasy.

Officers are conducting further investigation into the case.

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