HA NOI (VNS) — More than 2,500 drug trafficking cases have been detected in Viet Nam since early this year, double the number year-on-year, a report of the capital city's police department said.
|A drug dealer, arrested with about 1kg of crystalline methamphetamine, at the police department office. — Photo cand.com.vn
The department's head, Nguyen Hong Ky, released the report at a meeting in Ha Noi on Tuesday.
It said 3,210 drug dealers were arrested during the period and criminal charges were filed against 2,425 offenders.
Ky said the country's northwestern region was found to be a key route of drug dealers. Heroin was trafficked from Laos to Ha Noi, seen as a key transaction area, before being shipped to the northern provinces of Lang Son and Cao Bang and China.
The north and northeastern region are seen as drug markets as they receive drugs from the northwest and the central regions, which are then shipped to China through Lang Son, Cao Bang and Quang Ninh Provinces. In this region, the dealers also received crystalline methamphetamine, commonly known as ice or glass, from China for sale in Viet Nam's northern provinces.
Ky said the dealers also trafficked drugs and drug products via domestic and international airlines. The methamphetamine sent to Viet Nam and other countries came from Middle Eastern countries and the Golden Triangle. Cocaine was imported from South American countries. Meanwhile, heroin was shipped to China and Australia. — VNS