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HCM City police bust 2 drug gangs, arrest 6

Update: February, 10/2017 - 19:00
Mạnh, Đào (middle) and Xuyến at a police station after they were arrested on January 19 in HCM City with 9kg of methamphetamine smuggled in from China. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Six people belonging to two drug gangs have been arrested for trafficking 14kg of methamphetamine from China to the southern region, the HCM City police said on Thursday.

After a month of investigations, the central Department of Drug Criminal Investigation zeroed in on Giáp Văn Đào, 42, of the northern province of Bắc Giang.

Together with the city police they caught him red-handed on January 19 while transporting 2.2kg of meth to HCM City. The police seized another 2.8kg from his house in Dĩ An town in the southern province of Bình Dương.

On the same day officers arrested Lê Trọng Mạnh, 55, and his wife Nguyễn Thị Xuyến, 28, also of Bắc Giang while they were delivering four kilogrammes of meth to a customer in front of a supermarket in the city’s Gò Vấp District.

On questioning, the couple said they were paid VNĐ20 million (US$885) a time by Đào to carry drugs.

He regularly hired them as mules to transport to the south drugs he bought at Lạng Sơn Province’s Tân Thanh border gate.

Expanding their investigation led the police to Viên Ngọc Dũng, 33, of Gò Vấp District, who had been a loyal Đào customer.

They suspected he was buying from Hoàng Phú Huỳnh, 27, of Hải Phòng after Đào’s arrest. On February 7 they caught Huỳnh red-handed while delivering five kilogrammes of meth to Dũng in District 10.

Vũ Thị Thu Hà, 46, of Hải Phòng, who had supplied the drugs to Huỳnh, was arrested soon afterwards. — VNS






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