Police in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have arrested two men caught red-handed transporting 200 kilograms of crystal meth across the Vietnam-Laos border en route to Ho Chi Minh City.
Officers in Dak Lak Province confirmed on Thursday that they had apprehended Vu Ba Tenh, 24, a resident of Nghe An Province in north-central Vietnam, and Nhia Ho, 27, a resident of Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province.
Preliminary information showed that the suspects were on their way to transport narcotics from the border area between Laos and Vietnam’s Nghe An Province to Ho Chi Minh City.
On the afternoon of July 20, a team of traffic police officers were patrolling along National Highway No. 4 in Dak Lak Province when they pulled over an automobile driven by Tenh and Ho.
When the officers asked the two men to present their personal documents, they refused to cooperate and attempted to flee the scene.
Police officers fired four warning shots and joined hands with local residents to capture the suspects.
They later discovered 25 bags containing approximately 200 kilograms of suspected crystal meth.
|Vu Ba Tenh and Nhia Ho are arrested in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam, July 20, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
At the police station, Ho claimed to have been hired by a man named Lis Nham, who lives near his home in Bolikhamsai, to transport the drugs from Laos’ Savannakhet Province to Ho Chi Minh City by car.
Nham promised to pay Ho US$20,000 for the job.
Ho arrived at a designated location on July 19 and met Tenh, who was waiting for him in an automobile.
Ho was in charge of driving the vehicle while Tenh was tasked with navigation.
Further investigation into the case is ongoing.