Police in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City have cracked down on a large-scale marijuana growing and consumption ring, arresting three drug traffickers and seizing over 40 kilograms of cannabis.
The Ho Chi Minh City police department said on Wednesday night that it had broken up a major interprovincial drug trafficking ring.
The arrested traffickers included Tran Nhat Vinh, Tran Tri Minh Sang, and Luu Thi Thai.
Investigators of the Tan Binh District police department on April 28 teamed up with the police from Ward 14 to raid a house on Nguyen Hong Dao Street, catching Vinh and Sang, residents of Dak Lak Province in the Central Highlands, red-handed hiding 12.3 kilograms of dried marijuana leaves, according to results from a preliminary investigation.
After searching Vinh’s residence in Tan Binh, police confiscated an additional 20.3 kilograms of marijuana leaves and other related paraphernalia.
|Seized marijuana leaves. Photo: Supplied by police
Vinh and Sang confessed that a friend had introduced them to a person named Nang in August 2022, with whom Vinh began trafficking marijuana.
Nang was in charge of providing a woman named X.D. in Dak Lak Province with marijuana seeds.
After growing cannabis and harvesting the plants, the woman would transport processed cannabis to Vinh and receive VND15 million (US$642) for her work.
Nang would then connect customers with Vinh, and the latter would then ship the cannabis hidden in tea boxes to customers, according to police officers.
Vinh was paid VND50,000 ($2.13) for each order.
He convinced Sang to work with him. Accordingly, Sang would receive cannabis from X.D. and deliver the illegal drugs to customers. Sang earned VND20,000 ($0.86) for each delivery.
X.D. was identified as Luu Thi Thai, a native of Dak Lak Province.
After the ring was discovered, police in Tan Binh District joined hands with the police of Ea Tar Commune in Cu M’gar District in the Central Highlands province to arrest Thai, scout her house, and seize several exhibits.
Police are expanding their investigation to find Nang.