Police and customs officers of Hanoi seized 98kg of synthetic drugs sent from Germany, police authorities announced on Friday.
Three suspects have been arrested and handed over to police in Ho Chi Minh City for further investigation, according to the police.
Customs officers found eight suspicious packages, weighing over 205kg, at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport and decided to conduct an examination, which resulted in the confiscation of the 98kg of synthetic drugs.
The drugs confiscated included 45kg of ecstasy (MDMA), 53kg of ketamine, and 2,000 sachets known as ‘Happy Water,’ a powdered mixture containing caffeine, diazepam, ketamine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and so on.
|This supplied photo shows packages containing synthetic drugs found at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
Police officers said drug traffickers took advantage of overseas delivery service to illegally transport drugs to Vietnam, hiding them in consignments of coffee-making machines, air purifiers, and candy bags to escape the inspection of the authorities.
The police are further investigating the case.
According to Vietnamese law, people convicted of smuggling over 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5kg of methamphetamine are punishable by death.
Those who make or trade 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal drugs also faces the death penalty.