Police in northern Vietnam have broken up a transnational drug ring and confiscated a large amount of narcotics and weapons.
The Department of Public Security of Dien Bien Province confirmed on Friday that it had coordinated with the anti-drug police division of the Ministry of Public Security and police in northern Laos in order to break up the drug racket, which smuggled drugs from Laos into Vietnam.
They identified 15 suspects in the case, who hail from the Vietnamese provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau and the Lao provinces of Oudomxay and Phongsaly.
|This supplied photo shows a police officer questioning a suspect in a transnational drug ring operating in northern Vietnam and Laos.|
Nine suspected have been arrested, including Phan Sin Khi, Vang A Va, Thao A Mang, Vang A Tung, Vu A Tung, Vang A Thanh, La Kham Ma Vong, Vang A Chu, and Hay Tho.
The suspects’ testimony showed that they had traded and transported 412 bricks of heroin, 28kg of opium, and 3kg of methamphetamine from Laos to Vietnam since August 2022.
Officers seized 38 bricks of heroin, 3kg of methamphetamine, a gun, and 157 bullets of all kinds upon the arrest and a raid at the residences of the suspects, who are now being investigated for cross-border drug trafficking.