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Vietnam arrests three suspected drug traffickers from Cambodia

Saturday, November 28, 2020, 10:26 GMT+7
Vietnam arrests three suspected drug traffickers from Cambodia
A policeman takes pictures of Tran Van UoI and the evidence at the police station in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, November 26, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

Customs and border guard officers at Tinh Bien International Border Gate in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have detected and arrested three suspects trafficking a substance alleged to be narcotics into Vietnam from Cambodia.

Drug prevention and fighting police officers of An Giang already examined the scene of the arrests and the evidence for an investigation into the case, Senior Colonel Dinh Van Noi, director of the provincial public security department, said on Thursday night.

Tran Van UoI, 60, and Le Van Son, 46, hailing from An Giang’s Tinh Bien District, were found suspicious while transporting a cylinder-shaped carton box in the direction from the Vietnam-Cambodia border area to the Vietnamese district at around 12:30 pm on Thursday.

After pulling the man over for a random check, customs and border guard officers discovered that the carton box contained two 10.9kg plastic bags of a white powder suspected to be narcotics.

A policeman examines the evidences at the police station in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, November 26, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

A policeman examines the evidence at the police station in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, November 26, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

After the two suspicious men were arrested, Vo Thi Ngoc Mai, a 38-year-old woman from the same district came to the customs station to pick up the box.

Following Mai to a warehouse, police officers found another similar carton box weighing 20.8kg there.

Results from a quick test showed that the powder in the plastic bags, totaling approximately 31kg, was ketamine.

According to a customs officer, Mai said that the drug product was returned from Cambodia for faulty reasons.

UoI, Son, and Mai were all criminally held at the police headquarters and all the evidence was confiscated for the investigation.

A cylinder-shaped carton box with 20.8kg of suspected narcotics is pictured at the police station in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, November 26, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

A cylinder-shaped carton box with 20.8kg of suspected narcotics is pictured at the police station in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, November 26, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

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