Police register largest ever meth bust in HCMC

By Quoc Thang   March 20, 2019 | 09:13 pm GMT+7
Police register largest ever meth bust in HCMC
Police officers raided a warehouse in Binh Tan District. Photo by VnExpress/CTV

Hundreds of police officers raided a warehouse in Binh Tan District Wednesday and seized over 300 kilograms of meth.

The raid was carried out by officers from the Ministry of Public Security's Drug Crime Investigation Department in coordination with the Southern Border Guard's Special Forces, Ho Chi Minh City police and police from the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.

Dozens of armed mobile police officers, plainclothes policemen and border guards raided a mansion in Binh Tan District's Binh Hung Hoa B residential area. The mansion was being used as a hideout and warehouse by the drug trafficking gang.

At least 11 people of Lao, Chinese and Vietnamese nationalities were detained and a pickup truck transporting about 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of methamphetamine was seized.

The drug haul, said to be the largest ever in Ho Chi Minh City, is believed to have originated from Laos and smuggled into Vietnam through roads around the Bo Y Border Gate in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.

About 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of methamphetamine was seized. Photo by VnExpress/Q.T

About 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of methamphetamine was seized. Photo by VnExpress/Q.T

Police said they were also raiding other suspect warehouses Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Nong and the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Tay Ninh.

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 could face the death penalty.

The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.

 
 
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