|The container arriving in the city's Cat Lai Port was caught with the drugs. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Drug Criminal Investigation Police Department said yesterday it has arrested an El Salvadorian in HCM City for drug trafficking.
Mata Bernal Carlos Rene, 56, allegedly imported 42kg of cocaine from South America on two different occasions.
In mid-May its officers together with the customs' Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department and other authorities checked a container arriving in the city's Cat Lai Port.
It contained plywood floorboards from South America together with 32kg of cocaine.
Delta International Limited company in Tan Binh District was the importer of the container.
In June last year Rene went to the company and signed a contract to import the container under the assumed name of Maximo.
Since then he has imported many containers from South America. One of them was a rice grinder consignment transported by air from Argentine to Ha Noi with 10kg of cocaine hidden inside.
When the 10kg cocaine package was found, Vietnamese authorities informed their Hong Kong counterparts, who arrested a Colombian and an El Salvadorian with 17kg of cocaine when they arrived from Viet Nam. — VNS.