Two men arrested in Saigon with 19 kilos of meth

By Hoang Tao   December 13, 2018 | 02:22 am PT
Two men arrested in Saigon with 19 kilos of meth
Two meth smugglers sit in a police station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Quang Tri Border Guards
Two men carrying 19 kilos of meth were arrested at a major Ho Chi Minh City bus station Wednesday.

Nguyen Dang Khoa, 39, and Hoang Minh Nhut, 30, were detained at Mien Dong Bus Station, from where passengers take buses to northern and central regions.

The drugs were hidden in a loudspeaker.

Border guards from the central province of Quang Tri, which borders Laos, had been following the men for some time. They traveled 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south to HCMC and arrested the men with two local police officers.

Vietnam is a key trafficking hub for narcotics in and around the "Golden Triangle," a lawless wedge of land that intersects China, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar and is the world's second largest drug producing region.

The country also has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine 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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