U.S. DEA helps VN deal with trans-national drug crimes

Tuesday 14/01/2020 16:25

VGP - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will join hands with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security to tackle trans-national drug trafficking cases. 

Acting Administrator of the DEA Uttam Dhillon visited Ha Noi from January 10-11. This is the first visit made by the DEA Acting Administrator since the DEA office was set up in Ha Noi in 2000. 

During the visit, Dhillon held working session with U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam Daniel J. Kritenbrink and Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam. 

At these meetings, the two sides discussed measures to continue efforts from the U.S. and Viet Nam in identifying, investigating and detecting trans-national drug trafficking cases. 

To Lam asserted that the Vietnamese Government has resolutely launched measures to fight against drug crimes and uncover large drug trafficking cases as well as enhance international cooperation in this field. 

The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security has carried out peak periods in seizing drug traffickers at border areas in the Central, Central Highlands and the Southwest border lines.     

Lam spoke highly of the coordination between the ministry and the DEA, suggesting the two sides continue enhancing the relations more intensively and effectively to deepen Viet Nam-U.S. comprehensive partnership. 

Uttam Dhillon confirmed that the DEA will continue joining hands with the Vietnamese functional agencies to organize training courses to improve capacity and provide technical assistance as well as support bilateral and multilateral investigations on drug crimes. 

* During the meeting between Uttam Dhillon and General Director of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes Phan Van Cac, Cac highly appraised the program on enhancement of investigation capacity the DEA has realized within three years for 300 Vietnamese police officials in charge of drug prevention and control. 

Dhillon acknowledged the importance of the strategic relations between the DEA and the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, confirming that the DEA will continue cooperation with its partners in Viet Nam to support the ministry in fighting against trans-national drug trafficking cases. 

Earlier in July 2019, the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes and the DEA inked the memorandum of understanding on prevention and control of trans-national drug crimes. 

In 2016, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the DEA signed the memorandum of understanding on prevention and control of trans-national drug crimes. 

By Thuy Dung 

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