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Ho Chi Minh City destroys over 1.6 metric tons of illicit drugs

Ho Chi Minh City destroys over 1.6 metric tons of illicit drugs

Friday, September 29, 2023, 15:04 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City destroys over 1.6 metric tons of illicit drugs
A worker destroys 22 plastic buckets of liquid synthetic drugs. Each bucket contained over 50 liters of illicit drugs. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday destroyed more than 1.6 metric tons of illegal narcotics seized during the investigations into 147 criminal cases.

Of the total, 500 kilograms was crystal meth confiscated during a case related to Liu Ming Yang, a Taiwanese. 

An additional 100 kilograms of the seized narcotics was associated with a trafficking ring led by local kingpin Vu Hoang Oanh.

At 8:00 am, the drugs were loaded onto two special-use vehicles for transport to outlying Binh Chanh District for destruction.

The destroyed narcotics were seized over the course of 147 criminal investigations. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

The destroyed narcotics were seized over the course of 147 criminal investigations. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

A council was established to take charge of destroying the drugs. On the council were representatives of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Civil Judgment Enforcement, the municipal People’s Procuracy, the municipal police, the Department of Health, and the Department of Finance.

The council supervised the entire destruction process and ensured the drugs were safely and completely destroyed using incinerators.

Officials load illicit drugs into special-use vehicles for transport to the destruction site. The municipal authorities needed two special-use vehicles to transport the 1.6 metric tons of drugs. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Officials load illicit drugs into special-use vehicles for transport to the destruction site. The municipal authorities needed two special-use vehicles to transport the 1.6 metric tons of drugs. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Thousands of kilograms of illegal narcotics were destoyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Thousands of kilograms of illegal narcotics was destroyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Illegal drugs are destroyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Illegal drugs are destroyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Officials inspect illegal drugs before loading them into incinerators. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Officials inspect illegal drugs before loading them into incinerators. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

The temperature inside the incineratord 1,000 degree Celsius, ensuring that the drugs were completely destoryed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

The temperature inside the incinerators reached 1,000 degrees Celsius, ensuring that the drugs were completely destroyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Three incinerators operated for five continuous hours to destroy the drugs. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Three incinerators operated for five continuous hours to destroy the drugs. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

A brick of heroin about to be destroyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

A brick of heroin about to be destroyed. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

A council checks if the drugs are completely incinerated. Photo: Thanh Nam / Tuoi Tre

A council checked if the drugs were completely incinerated. Photo: Thanh Nam / Tuoi Tre

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