|A dog helps customs officials to check passengers' luggage at the Huu Nghi International Border Gate in the northern province of Lang Son.—VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung
HA NOI (VNS)— The army held a key role in fighting crime, said Deputy Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday.
Phuc made the statement at a conference held by the Ministry of National Defence to review a campaign against crime, illegal drugs, smuggling and trade fraud.
He said each soldier should join the fight against smuggling and preventing trade fraud.
Phuc also said the ministry should work more effectively in inspecting border lines and crime hot spots so it could introduce appropriate controls.
He also instructed the ministry to closely work with neighbouring countries that share borders with Viet Nam.
During the three-month anti-crime campaign that began last December, authorised agencies handled 245 cases of drug smuggling involving 300 people and 120kg of heroin.
The army also handled another 4,600 cases involving security, arrested 26 people for people trafficking and rescued 33 victims.
The Ministry of Public Security yesterday also held a conference to review the campaign, during which police nationwide investigated more than 7,400 cases of violations and broke up more than 1,000 gangs.
Police nationwide also handled more than 4,800 cases of economic violations and corruption. — VNS