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Vietnam police bust drug trafficking scheme that made use of Grab services

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 11:01 GMT+7
Vietnam police bust drug trafficking scheme that made use of Grab services
Dang Minh Hoang (left) and the illicit drugs he was trafficking (right) are seen in this photo collage supplied by police in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam.

Police in Dong Nai Province, located in southern Vietnam, said on Sunday that they had cracked down on a drug trafficking racket which utilized Grab services to distribute illicit pills. 

Dang Minh Hoang, a 24-year-old suspect, was nabbed for his alleged ties to the scheme, said police officers in the provincial capital city of Bien Hoa.

Earlier, they had detected a suspicious package en route to the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum via an inter-provincial bus. 

Upon inspection, it was revealed that the package contained 93 ecstasy pills. 

Another parcel with illicit drugs was later found on a passenger bus heading to the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau. 

All of the packages were traced back to Hoang so he was promptly detained by police. 

Searching Hoang’s house, police officers found over 500 packages of ecstasy, 21 packages of synthetic narcotics, and other relevant exhibits for the case. 

In total, Hoang was caught trafficking and possessing 950 ecstasy pills and 1.1 kilograms of ketamine, which is considered an illegal drug in Vietnam.

The pills found in Dang Minh Hoang’s house are seen in this supplied photo.

This supplied photo shows the pills found in Dang Minh Hoang’s house during a search.

During an interrogation, Hoang admitted to having dealt in narcotics from drug dealers in the southern province of Binh Duong since April 2020. 

Hoang delivered drugs to customers in other provinces using delivery services from passenger buses as well as Grab vehicles. 

According to police officers, Hoang’s wife is also complicit in his drug operation, but was granted time on bail to take care of a child under 36 months old as prescribed by law.

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