The border guard force in the central province of Ha Tinh and authorized forces on October 25 arrested two men who were smuggling 32 kilogrammes of methamphetamine and ten bricks of heroin from Laos to Vietnam.
Tran Xuan Thanh (born in 1988 in Yen Thanh district, central Nghe An province and living in Vientiane, Laos) and Vo Quoc Duong (born in 1977 and residing in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province) were caught red handed with 30 kilogrammes of methamphetamine.
Examining their car registered in Laos, the authorities found and seized an additional ten bricks of heroin and two kilogrammes of methamphetamine.
The arrested admitted that they transported the drugs from Laos to Vietnam for consumption.
Further investigation into the case is underway.
Earlier this month, Police in Bach Thong district, the northern province of Bac Kan also arrested three men who were transported 198 bricks of heroin from Laos into Vietnam. The drug was believed to be forwarded to China.
Trieu Van Vinh (born in 1986, residing in Thai Nguyen province), Trieu Van Luc (born in 1996, residing in Thai Nguyen province), and Giang A Di (born in 1995 in Dien Bien province) were caught while attempting to transport the drug on National Highway 3 in Khuoi Sla village, Tu Tri commune, Bach Thong district.
The drugs, worth some VND40 billion (US$1.7 million), was hidden in an excavator.
The province’s police also arrested Vang A Minh (born in 1978, residing in Dien Bien province) for his involvement in the case. Minh admitted that he was hired to transport the drug from Laos to China via Cao Bang province for VND1 billion (US$42,800). Meanwhile, Di said that he were promised VND200 million (US$8,500) if the transportation was successful.