|Trịnh Hữu Văn (left), one of the swindlers arrested, is interrogated by the police. - Photo cand.com.vn|
THANH HÓA – Police have arrested three more men in a criminal ring accused of using psychotropic drugs to commit frauds in the central province of Thanh Hóa.
Trịnh Hữu Văn, 41, from Triệu Sơn District; Vũ Văn Chanh, 45, from Yên Định District; and 44-year-old Hồ Văn Trọng from Hưng Nguyên District were arrested on Sunday following a three-month investigation into five fraudulent cases in which the victims were drugged and partially lost consciousness.
Earlier, in December last year, Thanh Hóa police arrested three men -- Lễ Sỹ Tùng, 33, and Nguyễn Ngọc Cầu, 28, both from Triệu Sơn District, and Lê Đức Hùng, 31, from Thọ Xuân District. They allegedly rented a car with a driver, who was given a soda or beer with the psychotropic drug mixed in it. Under the influence of the drug, the driver lost the card games he played with the group and was forced to choose between writing a debt note and giving the car to the swindlers to pay off the debt.
The police said the group had successfully stolen five cars since August last year until their arrest.
Investigation into the swindling racket is ongoing. – VNS