Over six tonnes of drugs seized in Vietnam in first quarter of 2019

HANOI (Bernama) – Vietnamese police busted many drug trafficking rings in the first quarter of 2019, seizing over six tonnes of drugs – higher than the amount seized last year and tripling that in 2017, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Statistics of the Ministry of Public Security show that 20 per cent of the seized drugs was intended to be supplied to users in Vietnam.

Major cases busted include the nearly 300kg of methamphetamine seized at Cau Treo Border Gate in central Ha Tinh province in February and 570kg of meth seized in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City in March.

In April alone, police grabbed 700kg of methamphetamine in Quynh Luu district and another 600kg in Vinh city of central Nghe An province, along with another 1.1 tonnes of meth in HCM City.

Deputy Director of the ministry’s Police Department for Drug Crime Investigation Colonel Vu Van Hau, said in the case uncovered in HCM City, drugs had been transported from neighbouring countries and they were destined for other countries.