The People’s Procuracy of Da Nang said on Monday that they issued an indictment against a taxi driver for transporting drugs in the largest seizure ever in the central Vietnamese city.
The indictment of Le Van La, 43, living in neighboring Quang Nam Province, alleges that he made use of his connection with some passengers, who often visit entertainment venues, to take on drug trafficking.
La agreed to transport drugs per the orders of one of those passengers for VND2-3 million (US$83.5-125) each trip.
An unknown man with a dialect from nearby Quang Tri Province asked La to pick up drugs at the intersection of Truong Chinh Street and Le Trong Tan Street in Da Nang via a phone call at 5:12 pm on February 19.
Upon La’s arrival at the rendezvous, he saw a man waiting for him in advance who asked if the cabbie was to deliver a package for someone named Len.
|Packs of ketamine transported by Le Van La in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: H.B. / Tuoi Tre|
As the taxi driver nodded and opened the cab’s door, the man put a bag onto the vehicle’s backseat.
La then drove toward Dien Nam-Dien Ngoc Industrial Park in Quang Nam, but he was pulled over by police at the T-junction between Truong Chinh Street and Le Dai Hanh Street in Da Nang and caught red-handed with nearly three kilograms of ketamine disguised in packs of tea.
This is the largest amount of ketamine ever seized in the city, with an estimated value of nearly VND2 billion ($83,420), according to police officers.
In Vietnam, people convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine or over 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine could face the death penalty.