Police arrest drug ring’s mastermind after two-year hunt

Update: May, 23/2017 - 11:00
Bùi Văn Biên at the police station. He is believed to be the mastermind of the drug ring that was busted two years ago while trafficking 490 bricks of heroin, hidden in gas cylinders. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Public Security Ministry’s drug crime investigation police (called C47) said they have arrested Bùi Văn Biên, 30, a suspect on the run, on charges of drug trafficking.

Biên is suspected to be the mastermind behind a drug ring trafficking a total of 490 bricks of heroin, hidden in gas cylinders, and busted by C47 almost two years ago.

In July 2015, the C47 team, along with the Việt Nam Coast Guard Command and police officials from Hà Nội and Hòa Bình Province, arrested six people for trafficking 170 bricks of heroin, hidden in a gas cylinder.

Interrogations led the police to two other industrial gas cylinders that contained 320 heroin packages, which they seized after raiding a house rented by Nguyễn Quốc Hùng, one of the suspects, in Hà Nội’s Hoài Đức District.

Biên was identified as the organiser of the shipment, who assigned work to those involved. However, he managed to elude arrest, and escaped with others 200 cakes of heroin, the police said.

On Sunday, he was finally arrested while working as a security guard for a building in Hà Nội’s Nam Từ Liêm District.

Last month, the Hà Nội People’s Court upheld the death sentence handed to eight members of the drug ring.

Biên, as well as the others, will also be tried in another case. — VNS