The Customs Department of Hanoi uncovered many cases where criminals had concealed drugs in consumer goods transported by air from abroad to Vietnam in the first five months of this year, according to its report at a meeting on Thursday.
A leader of the department said drug-related crimes have been rampant in the Vietnamese capital city over the past time, with hiding drugs in goods transported by air remaining a popular trick.
In particular, the department broke up 13 drug trafficking cases, seizing a total of 179 kilograms of drugs and arresting 29 suspects.
Most recently, an anti-drug team and the customs unit at Noi Bai International Airport discovered four packages of diapers, milk products, laundry tablets, and dietary supplements containing 47 kilograms of synthetic drugs and a kilogram of ketamine sent from the Czech Republic to Hanoi.
The department then established a task force to track down the recipients of those packages.
Two suspects were eventually caught in Le Chan District, northern Hai Phong City.
In addition, the Hanoi Customs Department, in collaboration with different units, consecutively busted three other cases of transporting drugs by air from Germany to Vietnam using the same method.
Officers confiscated more than 60 kilograms of synthetic drugs and tens of suspects in those cases.