Four countries starts 91st joint patrol on Mekong River

Thursday 26/03/2020 09:43

VGP - China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand began their 91st joint patrol on the Mekong River on March 24.

Police of the Chinese province of Yunnan said the four countries will conduct visits, inspections and an anti-drug publicity campaign during the four-day joint patrol, in a bid to safeguard the security and stability along the Mekong River.

The patrol, with the participation of five ships, will also cover the Golden Triangle, a narcotic hotbed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the law enforcement forces of the four countries will jointly direct the operation by remote video command system for the first time.

The Mekong River is a vital waterway for cross-border shipping among China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

These six countries inked the Mekong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Drug Control, together with UNODC, as key to illicit drug production and trafficking.

In the Mekong Sub-region, drug production and trafficking continues to be among the transnational organized crimes that threaten regional prosperity and safety.

In Viet Nam, large quantities of methamphetamine perceived to have originated from the Golden Triangle have increasingly been smuggled and trafficked across Viet Nam’s border to and from its neighbors, including Cambodia, China, and Laos.

The Vietnamese police force uncovered 23,000 drug-related cases and arrested 36,000 drug traffickers in 2019.

As many as 1.2 tons of heroin, 6.2 tons of methamphetamine, 1,053,099 synthetic drug pills, 614.05 kg of opium and 768 kg of cabanas were seized for the whole year. 

According to the Vietnamese law, those convicted of smuggling over 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kg of methamphetamine are punishable by death. Making or trading 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal drugs also faces death penalty.

By Thuy Dung


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