HCMC police seize 44 kg of drugs, arrest 90 smugglers

By Minh Nga, Quoc ThangMay 22, 2024 | 04:00 am PT
HCMC police seize 44 kg of drugs, arrest 90 smugglers
Drugs found hidden in food cans in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by police
The HCMC police have arrested nearly 90 people linked to a gang suspected to smuggle drugs into Vietnam by concealing them in food containers.

The arrests were made after monitoring a local man, Dinh Van Tu Anh, they said Tuesday.

The Go Vap District police had in March discovered drug dens Anh ran at several locations.

They raided all of them and took in 26 people for questioning and seized nearly 40 kg of narcotics hidden in food cans.

Expanding the investigation, they identified similar people related to those Go Vap's dens in Tan Phu and Tan Binh districts and arrested a further 60 people and seized four kilograms of drugs, grenades, ammunition, and three guns.

They determined that the drugs were smuggled into Vietnam by the gang in food cans.

The investigation is being expanded, the police said, without providing any more information about Anh or the timeline of their arrests.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine or more than 2.5 kg of methamphetamine face the death penalty.

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