A pregnant woman has been caught red-handed transporting alleged synthetic drugs by officers at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
Police in Go Cong Town, Tien Giang Province confirmed on Sunday that the incident took place at a local COVID-19 checkpoint at around 11:30 am on Saturday.
The suspect, 32-year-old Tran Thi Anh Thu, was traveling on a motorbike and carrying a backpack showing suspicious signs.
On-duty officers conducted an administrative inspection and discovered 36 packs of suspected synthetic drugs, weighing a total of 121 grams.
They also found many tools designed to use narcotics.
At the police station, Thu stated she was transporting the drugs for an acquaintance in Long Dinh Commune, Chau Thanh District to Go Cong Town.
The woman added she is pregnant and taking care of another young child at home.
Based on Thu’s statements, police in Go Cong also arrested 26-year-old Tran Van Tuan for transporting drugs.
The two suspects have been transferred to the provincial Department of Police for further investigation.
According to the Penal Code, the illegal transport of narcotics is punishable by prison terms from two to 20 years, a life sentence, or the death penalty, depending on the severity of each violation.