Drug trafficking from Europe, Laos uncovered

Friday 23/10/2020 09:00

VGP - Police in central Viet Nam have arrested two men for allegedly smuggling thousands of synthetic drug pills weighing 3.3 kilograms from Europe.

On October 22, they caught Pham Anh Tuan of Vinh in the central Nghe An Province with 300 grams of the drugs hidden in the lining of his sneakers.

He told the police that Tran Anh Tai was also a member of his drug smuggling ring.

A raid of Tai’s house, also in Vinh, netted 10,000 pills weighing over three kilograms.

The duo, both 38, said they had ordered the drugs from European countries through social media and had them packed in medicine bottles.

The bottles were sent to Viet Nam by post, and the duo were preparing to distribute the drugs around Vietnam or to another country.

Lao health worker Tu Ly has been caught in the central province of Nghe An bringing five kilograms of meth into Viet Nam.

Police and border guards found Tu Ly and two others in the province’s Phuc Son Commune, Anh Son District, bordering Laos, at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

When the suspects resisted the authorities, a warning shot was fired into the air, and two managed to escape into the jungle.

The captured man, 33, told local authorities that he was a health worker for a district in Laos. He was hired for trafficking because he had lived and studied in Viet Nam for a long time and knew the language and the place quite well.

Nghe An police said their drug division investigated and discovered the trafficking operation in collaboration with the province's border guards.

The police are investigating further.

Viet Nam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 g of heroin or over 2.5 kg of methamphetamine face death.

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