VN sees drug seizures increasing five-fold this year

Tuesday 24/12/2019 15:00

VGP - As of November 15, 2019, the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes joined hands with other agencies and localities to detect 86 drug-related cases and arrested 283 drug traffickers, seizing 612.5kg of heroin, 120.54 kg of cocaine, more than two tons and 231,814 synthetic drug pills.

The police force also coordinated and handled with 23,328 drug-related cases and arrested 36,222 drug traffickers. More than 1,222 kg of heroin, 6, 253 kg and 1,053,099 synthetic drug pills, 614 kg of opium and 768 kg of cabanas were uncovered. Remarkably, the volume of synthetic drug seized in 2019 witnessed an increase of five times compared to the previous year.   

Drug-related crimes have become more and more complicated and unpredictable this year, according to the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes.
The situation is under direct impact of global and regional crimes, police said, adding that illegal drugs in Viet Nam mainly come from overseas to be traded in the country or for transport to third countries via Viet Nam’s land, air and sea routes.

The trading and trafficking of illegal drugs, especially synthetic drugs, has sharply increased in border areas with Laos and Cambodia, he said.

Since earlier this year, police has tackled many illegal drug trafficking cases involving large quantities of narcotics in border areas.

The drugs from the 'Golden Triangle' around the Laos, Thailand and Myanmar borders were transported through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to Viet Nam.

Notably, some criminal rings from North America and Africa used Cambodia as a transit route to transport drugs to Viet Nam’s northern provinces and China.

Meanwhile, in the border area between Viet Nam and China, heroin was transported to China via Viet Nam and meth was transported from abroad to Viet Nam for consumption.

The seaports continue to be potential routes for drugs to enter and transit through Viet Nam.
Drug crimes with foreigner involvement are common in the southern region, especially HCM City which became a 'hot spot' of the crime in Viet Nam.

Some foreigners came to Viet Nam as tourists or businessmen and took advantages of the Government’s preferential policies on import-export, customs and immigration to carry out drug crimes.

They often worked with Vietnamese entities to set up businesses and rent warehouses to disguise their illegal activities.

To confront with situation, the department has enhanced measures and worked with other forces to fight drug-related crimes, said the police general.

The control and management of addictive and psychotropic drugs had produced many positive changes and international cooperation on drug prevention has been expanded.



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