Drug crime situation in the first half of 2020 reviewed

Wednesday 17/06/2020 07:00

VGP – The Counter Narcotics Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security in cooperation with relevant agencies and functional units, investigated 11,215 drug-related cases, arrested 15,775 suspects, and seized 235 kg of heroin, nearly 1.6 tons and 850,000 tablets of synthetic drugs, 113 kg of marijuana in the first half of 2020.

The information was released on June 16 at a press conference to brief reporters on the drug crime situation in the first six months of 2020, and results of the implementation of anti-drug campaigns over the past six months.

The reports at the conference showed that the amount of seized drug decreased compared to the same period last year while the drug crime situation saw an increase in the number of cases although there was a social lockdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past months.

Particularly, the numbers of drug cases and involved persons increased by 9.46% compared to the same period of last year, although most of the cases were small-scale ones.

Along the Viet Nam-Laos borderline, the transportation of illegal drugs from the "Golden Triangle" into Viet Nam has increased sharply. Meanwhile, on the Viet Nam-China borderline, heroin was mainly transported from other countries to Viet Nam and then to China.

Recently, criminals have taken advantage of cyberspace to illegally buy and sell narcotics. One of their tricks is to put drugs into cakes and candies and then sell them online. Typically, the Counter Narcotics Police Department, in coordination with the Hanoi Municipal Police Department, arrested two suspects and seized 37 cakes containing a total of 1.54 kg marijuana on December 23-24, 2019.

Speaking at the conference, Colonel Nguyen Van Vien, Director of the Counter Narcotics Police Department stated that the force will launch an extensive campaign to popularize laws and harms of narcotics as well as to suppress drug-related crimes in border provinces. They will closely cooperate with local police to open raids on drug-related gangs and drug trafficking rings in border areas.

By Thuy Dung

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