|Methamphetamine packages discovered in luggage at Noi Bai International Airport. — Photo vnexpress.net
HA NOI (VNS) — Noi Bai International Airport's security force found 10kg of methamphetamine in luggage yesterday.
Airport security officials scanned 26 pieces of luggage that were being transported from Noi Bai to Lien Khuong Airport in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
Airport security officials are co-ordinating with the police to find the owners of the drugs.
The HCM City police also said yesterday they had discovered a drug trafficking ring extending from Laos to Viet Nam, and had seized a huge amount of heroin and cash.
The police arrested five suspects and seized 75 packs of heroin, 2kg of synthetic drugs, 5.7kg of methamphetamine and two cars, besides a gun, VND3 billion and US$22,700 in cash.
The persons arrested were Nguyen Thi Hoa, born in 1948, and her daughter Do Thi Dung, born in 1981, both residents of HCM City's Hoc Mon District; Nguyen Tri Dung, born in 1972 and a resident of HCM City's Tan Binh District; Tran Quy Dang, born in 1964; and his elder brother Tran Xuan Luyen from the central Quang Binh Province.
The gang bought heroin in Laos, smuggled it in via northern Viet Nam and sold it in the southern provinces and HCM City. Hoa was the main purchaser who collected a huge amount of drugs from northern Viet Nam and delivered it to dealers in the southern region.
Tran Quy Dang and Tran Xuan Luyen were caught while they were illegally transporting 10 packs of heroin and 2kg of drugs from Quang Binh Province to sell it to Hoa.
Nguyen Tri Dung was caught while he was delivering drugs to Do Thi Dung at a supermarket in Tan Binh District.
Dung, a regular drug supplier of Hoa, mainly smuggled drugs from Laos to the central Nghe An Province, and then transported it for sale in HCM City.
In the meantime, the northern Bac Giang Province's transport police caught two passengers of a four-seater taxi for illegally carrying 1.65kg of heroin on Monday.
A police official said they found the taxi travelling in the northern Lang Son mountainous province-Ha Noi route, and decided to inspect it when it was crossing Lang Giang District.
Both the drug traffickers and the taxi driver are members of a family living in Ha Noi's Hai Ba Trung District. The persons arrested are Bui Bich Huong, 35, and her husband, Nguyen Xuan Hiep, 36; and the driver Bui Anh Vinh, 44, who is Huong's elder brother and is HIV positive. – VNS