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Ho Chi Minh City police announce bust of new drug racket

Wednesday, September 09, 2020, 17:27 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police announce bust of new drug racket
Drugs are shown in this photo supplied by Ho Chi Minh City police officers.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City said on Wednesday that they had broken up a ring that smuggled drugs from Cambodia into Vietnam.

The racket was busted on September 2, officers announced.

On that day, police raided a house in Go Vap District and arrested Bui Thi Kieu Loan, 35, Nguyen Hoang Tu, 36, and Pham Dinh Nhan, 43.

Police officers seized 47kg of drugs, including almost 30kg of crystal meth, 9.2kg of ketamine, 20,000 ecstasy tablets, and 5.27kg of heroin.

The suspects stashed the drugs in fruit boxes in a bid to avoid police detection.

This racket was just set up in mid-July to traffic drugs from Cambodia into Ho Chi Minh City, police said.

Traffickers hid drugs in fruit boxes to avoid police detection. Photo: Supplied

Traffickers hid drugs in fruit boxes to avoid police detection. Photo: Supplied

On Sunday, Vietnamese police captured eight Laotians when they were carrying 10kg of crystal meth and a loaded pistol across the border from Laos.

The eight moved from Laos’ Savannakhet to Quang Tri Province in north-central Vietnam via Lao Bao International Border Gate, located on the Vietnamese side.

A Vietnam court on Monday condemned two people to death while handing a life sentence to three others for dealing in large amounts of crystal meth in late 2019.

The Southeast Asian nation adopts a harsh stance against drug trafficking.

Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine could face capital punishment.

Manufacturing or selling from 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.

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