Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested four men who used a vehicle with travel priority during the COVID-19 pandemic to transport nearly 100 kilograms of drugs disguised as fish paste baskets from Cambodia to Vietnam.
The municipal police on Wednesday said they had detained four drug traffickers aged 20 to 46 during recent raids on many locations in District 12, Binh Chanh District, and Cu Chi District.
Police officers have seized 92 bricks of heroin, nearly 60 kilograms of synthetic drugs, and 20,000 ecstasy pills.
These drugs were hidden in four bamboo baskets, the top of each of which was covered with fish paste as camouflage.
The total weight of the drugs is more than 99.6 kilograms, police said.
These men transported the drugs in a car that had been given a 'green card,' a certificate of travel priority issued by transport authorities for vehicles used to carry essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.
|This supplied image shows the bamboo baskets that contained nearly 100 kilograms of drugs camouflaged with fish paste on the top.|
In May, police arrested two Taiwanese and seized a total of 270 kilograms of ketamine, including 90 kilograms concealed in pig innards, also transported from Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City by their transnational drug trafficking ring.
One month earlier, police officers had detained three drug dealers and confiscated 49 bricks of heroin, 13 kilograms of methamphetamine, eight kilograms of ketamine, 11,000 pills of synthetic drugs, 1,000 jars of liquid narcotics, and 5,000 packs of powder drugs, most of which were transported from Cambodia.