HA NOI (VNS)— Fighting the mass production of synthetic drugs requires stronger regional and international co-operation, said French Ambassador to Viet Nam Jean - Noel Poirier at a two-day international conference on fighting synthetic drug trafficking in the Southeast Asian region.
|Police interrogated drug traffickers in Than Uyen District in border northwestern Lai Chau Province on Wednesday. Viet Nam has stepped up monitoring of its borders to deter criminals transporting illegal substances from abroad. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Cong Hai
The production of opium was increasing, but still lagged behind the production of synthetic drugs, mostly methamphetamines, which were often seen in the form of crystal- or rock-like substances, the ambassador told participants at the conference, which opened yesterday in Ha Noi.
The conference provides a venue for both domestic and international participants, including inspectors, judges and procurators, to discuss measures to prevent drug trafficking.
Deputy Head of the General Department of Crime Prevention and Control Do Kim Tuyen described Viet Nam's efforts to fight drug trafficking and promote co-operation between international law enforcement forces.
Apart from tightening control over the raw materials used for synthetic drug production, he said, Viet Nam had stepped up monitoring of its borders to deter criminals transporting illegal substances from abroad.
Bui Son Cuong from the Viet Nam People's Supreme Procuracy highlighted the challenges facing drug prevention and control, particularly in the fight against the production and trafficking of synthetic drugs, which tempted many criminals due to the enormous profits they could receive.
Drug-related crimes had also led to the establishment of many trans-national rings, he said.
Participants will also join group discussion sessions focusing on how drug crimes threaten science, public health, legal frameworks and political geography and exploring avenues for co-ordination between police and related bodies when it comes to handling this kind of crime. — VNS