Four people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands have been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis plants and selling them over Facebook.
Police in Krong Buk District, Dak Lak Province confirmed on Thursday they had broken up a ring selling cannabis and apprehended four members, namely Nguyen Van Manh, 37, Nguyen Thanh Nhan, 37, Chu Van Thiem, 35, and Phung Van Kien, 42.
At around 9:00 pm on December 11, police inspected an automobile with Nhan and Manh inside and discovered three bags containing 22 kilograms of cannabis and another bag containing about 300 cannabis seeds.
Officers searched Manh’s house in neighboring Dak Nong Province and found another 720 cannabis seeds.
|The ring members are held at the police station in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tam An / Tuoi Tre|
Police expanded the investigation and found 9.4 kilograms of cannabis flowers on the passenger bus rented by Kien.
In total, officers confiscated more than 31 kilograms of dried cannabis and over 1,000 cannabis seeds from the illegal racket.
Police investigation showed that Manh had bought cannabis seeds and had them planted in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.
He then harvested the cannabis flowers, dried them, and sold them to buyers in other provinces and cities for VND20-25 million (US$847-1,059).
Manh and his members mainly contacted their buyers via Facebook.