Police in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam have broken up a transnational drug ring and confiscated 56 bricks of heroin weighing more than 20 kilograms, as well as thousands of ecstasy pills.
The municipal Department of Public Security confirmed on Wednesday that it had coordinated with the anti-drug police division of the Ministry of Public Security in order to break up the inter-provincial and transnational drug racket.
The kingpin of the ring was identified as Dang Thi Hue, 51, from Le Chan District.
Pham Bich Nguyet, 47, also from Le Chan, was named as her primary accomplice.
Hue and Nguyet colluded with several other individuals in northern Dien Bien Province and north-central Nghe An and Ha Tinh Provinces.
On September 19, the ring members smuggled a large amount of narcotics from overseas into Hai Phong.
The illegal products were stored in Hue’s warehouse in Hai Phong while awaiting distribution.
On the afternoon of the same day, officers caught Nguyet red-handed receiving a brick of heroin from Hue.
Police then searched Nguyet’s home and discovered 13.85 grams of MDMA, 39.32 grams of methamphetamine, VND287 million (US$12,100), and other crime-related items.
They then expanded their investigation, enabling them to locate Hue’s warehouse where they seized 15,000 ecstasy pills, five kilograms of crystal meth, 55 bricks of heroin, and an amount of cash.
In total, officers confiscated 56 bricks of heroin weighing 20.348 kilograms, 12.43 kilograms of synthetic drugs, and VND317 million ($13,300).
Police have arrested Hue and Nguyet and are working to identify other suspects involved in the drug ring.