JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam police seize over 1.3 tonnes of drugs in year’s first half

Vietnam police seize over 1.3 tonnes of drugs in year’s first half

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 18:26 GMT+7
Vietnam police seize over 1.3 tonnes of drugs in year’s first half
Police discover narcotics hidden inside various products in Vietnam in this photo supplied by officers.

Police in Vietnam solved more than 10,000 drug-related cases in the first six months of 2022, confiscating upwards of 1.3 metric tons of narcotics of various types.

Major General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes under the Ministry of Public Security, on Tuesday reported about the result of the unit’s crime fighting efforts in this year’s first half.

Anti-drug police nationwide dealt with more than 10,000 cases during this period, arresting over 16,000 suspects and confiscating 397 kilograms of heroin, 838 kilograms of synthetic drugs, and 71 kilograms of marijuana, Vien elaborated.

The production, trading, transportation, and use of drugs, especially synthetic drugs in Southeast Asia, have become increasingly serious, posing many challenges and difficulties to police officers in the country.

Major General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes (C04) under the Ministry of Public Security, summarizes the result of the unit’s crime fighting efforts in the first six months of 2022. Photo: Giang Long / Tuoi Tre

Major General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes under the Ministry of Public Security, summarizes the result of the unit’s crime fighting efforts in the first six months of 2022. Photo: Giang Long / Tuoi Tre

To cover their tracks, many rackets took advantage of express delivery services and consignment of goods and gifts via airway to smuggle drugs from Europe to Vietnam.

The drugs were then sold to local users or shipped to a third country.

Statistics show that Vietnam currently has more than 217,000 drug addicts that are under the management of competent authorities, up by 11,000 people compared to late 2021, Viet continued, adding that there are over 59,000 drug users.

“The demand for narcotics in the country is high and rises every year, posing potential threats to social security and order,” the police official stressed.

The illegal use of narcotics tends to increase after the COVID-19 pandemic was put under control as facilities running sensitive services are allowed to resume normal operations, he added.

In addition, people often rent hotel rooms, apartments, and resorts to organize drug parties, making it harder for police to detect the illegal activities.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Duy Khang - Than Hoang / Tuoi Tre News

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

‘Taste of Australia’ gala dinner held in Ho Chi Minh City after 2-year hiatus

Taste of Australia Gala Reception has returned to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vietnamese woman gives unconditional love to hundreds of adopted children

Despite her own immense hardship, she has taken in and cared for hundreds of orphans over the past three decades.

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Latest news

Greenland treads softly on tourism as icebergs melt

As tourists flock to Greenland to take in its breathtaking icebergs and natural beauty, authorities are mulling ways to control crowds to protect the fragile environment, already threatened by global warming