Customs detect 82 drug-related cases in six months

Monday 08/07/2019 15:30

VGP – The customs force detected 82 drug related-cases and 33 drug traffickers, seizing 28.858 kg and 36 bricks of heroin, 17.082 kg of cocaine, 502 kg of ketamine, 360.962 kg of synthetic drug, 38,288 meth pills, 19 kg of opium and 25.558 kg of marijuana from December 16, 2018 to June 15, 2019. 

The Police Department for Smuggling Prevention joined hands with the customs to uncover  22 drug-related cases, seizing 387 bricks of heroin, 300 kg of Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), 21.25 kg of synthetic drug, 15,800 meth pills, 502 kg of ketamin and 119.02 kg of cocaine. 

In the first half of 2019, the customs department coordinated with functional agencies, particularly police force to detect the largest-ever drug trafficking case. 

In May 2019, police arrested three Taiwanese suspects and one from China for illegally transporting 500kg of ketamine, one of the most expensive drugs on the illicit market.  Drugs was transported to Viet Nam hidden in other goods before shipping them to a third country by sea.

Later on June 5, the customs department in Cau Treo international border gate in the central province of Ha Tinh and the province’s border guard found a man trafficking 40,000 amphetamine pills. 

On July 3, 2019, the Government Office released an announcement of the PM’s directions to task the Ministries of Finance and Public Security to direct functional agencies to take measures to control and struggle against subjects taking advantages of the State’s policies in facilitating customs clearance for drug trafficking. 

By Thuy Dung


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