Sev­eral ar­rested af­ter ma­jor Viet­nam heroin, mar­i­juana busts

The Myanmar Times - - World -

VIET­NAM po­lice seized two large caches of heroin and mar­i­juana in sep­a­rate drug busts over the week­end, with sev­eral peo­ple ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of smug­gling the nar­cotics in from neigh­bour­ing Laos, of­fi­cial re­ports said yes­ter­day.

Viet­nam has some of the world’s tough­est drug laws, but it shares a por­ous bor­der with Laos and il­le­gal goods from drugs to wildlife prod­ucts are of­ten smug­gled through.

Po­lice con­fis­cated 112 kilo­grams (250 pounds) of heroin in the north­ern Phu Tho prov­ince on Novem­ber 26 and ar­rested four peo­ple af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the drugs in large plas­tic wa­ter jugs.

“The heroin must have orig­i­nated from Laos or else­where. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the case will be car­ried out,” said a re­port on the prov­ince’s of­fi­cial web­site.

Sus­pect Vang A Cang, 42, told po­lice the heroin was his and said he hired the three other men as driv­ers and guards for US$17,500.

In a sep­a­rate case, po­lice in cen­tral Ha Tinh prov­ince ar­rested two Lao­tian men on Novem­ber 26 for smug­gling 60kg of mar­i­juana into Viet­nam, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial po­lice news­pa­per.

Viet­nam hands out heavy pun­ish­ments for drug-re­lated of­fences. Any­one found guilty of pos­sess­ing more than 600 grams (20 ounces) of heroin, or more than 20kg of opium, can face the death penalty.

Viet­nam has sen­tenced dozens of for­eign­ers to death for drug of­fences, but it has been decades since a for­eign na­tional was ex­e­cuted in the coun­try.

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