Drug traffickers increase activities during COVID-19 period

Tuesday 24/03/2020 10:14

VGP – Police and border forces said that a number of criminals, including drug criminals, are taking advantages of COVID-19 prevention and control period to increase criminal activities. 

Nearly half of ton of drug uncovered 

Over the recent weeks, the functional agencies uncovered large drug-trafficking cases amid the complex developments of COVID-19. 

Remarkably, during March 20-21, police force in the northern province of Lang Son coordinated with functional agencies of the Ministry of Public Security to investigate the residence of three people, including Pham Van An, born in 1989, Pham Van Dao, born in 1985 and Tran Manh Dung born in 1979. 

As many as 200 kg of synthetic drug and relevant objects were seized in Chuong My, Ha Noi.  

Police of the northwestern province of Son La announced they recently detained a major drug trafficker and seized a large quantity of synthetic drug.

Lo Thi Ngoan, born in 1991, a resident of Thuan Chau district in Son La province, was caught red-handed trafficking 11,039 pills of drug totaling 1,092.91 grammes in the province on March 20.

Ho Chi Minh City police said on March 20 that they had cracked down on a drug trafficking ring, seizing 50 bricks of heroin and 35kg of synthetic drug.

After an investigation period, the police on February 25 caught red-handed two persons trading two bricks of heroin. From the two, they urgently arrested Nguyen Hoang Danh, born in 1997 and residing in Tan Binh district, and Dang Xuan Hai, born in 1960 and residing in Tan Binh district, seizing 30 heroin bricks, two bags of crystal meth, and three bags of synthetic drug pills.

Through further investigation, the police arrested four others, and seized 18 bricks of heroin, and three bags containing a large number of synthetic drug pills.

In the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, the provincial border guard force on March 20 caught Sung A Phong, born in 1968 and residing in Dien Bien Dong district, when he was transporting 600 synthetic drug pills and 2 grams of heroin in an area near the Viet Nam-Laos border.

Police in the northern midland province of Phu Tho have detained three men and seized 7kg of methamphetamine smuggled from the northwestern border province of Dien Bien.

The men are Lo Van Quan, 35; Lo Van Thuy, 39; and Vi Van Kinh, 42. They all are from Dien Bien province’s Dien Bien district.

They were caught while trafficking the meth, hidden in powdered milk cans, at a coach station in Viet Tri city, Phu Tho province, on March 15.

The men confessed that they had been hired by a woman in Dien Bien to transport the drug for VND35 million(nearly US$1,500).

The border guard force in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum have coordinated with the police of Laos’ Attapeu province to bust a major drug trafficking ring.

The joint forces of Viet Nam and Laos caught five Laosnationals red-handed, transporting 60,000 synthetic drug pills and two kilograms of marijuana in Attapeu near the Vietnam-Laos border at 3am on March 14.

The forces also seized one car, one motorbike, and a military gun, among others.

The arrest came after seven months of joint investigations by Kon Tum’s border guard force and Attapeu police.

Police in Ha Noi have busted a drug ring from Laos to the northern border province of Dien Bien and the capital city.

Vang A Pao, 27, from Si Pa Thin commune, Nam Po district, Dien Bien province, was arrested in My Dinh 1 ward, Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem district on March 7 while transporting 20 bricks of heroin (6kg).

Under further investigation, police seized Vang A Long, 31, from Muong Nha commune, Dien Bien district in the namesake province, and Mong Van Hop, 52, from Van Noi commune, Tra Linh district, the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang.

According to the investigation agency, Vang A Long often purchased a large amount of drug in Laos, and hired Vang A Pao to transfer it to Mong Van Hop who delivered the drug abroad.

More forces enhanced to fight drug trafficking 

The successful detection of large drug trafficking cases has affirmed the police and border forces’ determinations in struggling against drug crimes. 

Deputy head of the Drug Criminal Investigation Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security Vu Van Hau said that while all the people prevent contact for fears of COVID-19, all criminals, including drug criminals tend to increase their activities. 

The Drug Criminal Investigation Police Department has directed relevant agencies to effectively launch measures and promote close coordination with other agencies to seize more trans-national and inter-provincial drug crimes. 

By Thuy Dung 


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