|The drugs seized in Tây NInh Province. -- VNA/VNS photo|
TÂY NINH – A transnational and provincial drug trafficking ring was busted by the police of southern Tây Ninh Province, online newspaper Vietnamplus.vn reported.
Earlier this week, the police arrested two Cambodian nationals—Buy Bunly, 51, and Lim So Thea, 34, residents of Tbong Khnum District in Cambodia—while they were transporting 5kg of synthetic drugs by car in Tân Biên District.
Upon searching the vehicle, the police also found a gun and six bullets.
After further investigation, the police arrested six more locals involved in the ring, including Phan Thị Mộng Cầm, 18, and Phùng Ngọc Tân, 22 (Hòa Thành District); Phạm Hồng Thái, 25 (Gò Dầu District); Trần Quang Khánh, 19 (Trảng Bàng District); and Nguyễn Hoàng Sang, 25 and Huỳnh Hàn Song, 26 (Hòa Thành).
The accused told the police that they were waiting to get drugs from the two Cambodian nationals for the purpose of re-selling.
The Tây Ninh Police had cooperated with HCM City police to arrest another eight traffickers.
They include a couple—Phùng Hồng Huy and Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Thủy—residents of District 11 in HCM City; Nguyễn Thái Sơn (Hóc Môn District); Ngô Quốc Anh (District 11); Nguyễn Minh Thuận (Hóc Môn District); Lê Quốc Trung (Ô Môn District in Cần Thơ City); Lê Thị Khánh Trâm (Buôn Ma Thuột City in Đắk Lắk Province) and Huỳnh Kiều Nhi (An Phú District in An Giang Province).
The police seized 6kg of drugs, VND5 billion in cash, four motorbikes, a gun and other tools from them.
Phùng Hồng Huy admitted to running the ring in HCM City.
The case is under further investigation.
Yesterday, police in northern Điện Biên Province foiled an attempt at trafficking 135 bricks of heroin and 500,000 pills of synthetics drugs.
This is the largest quantity of synthetic drugs seized in the country so far.—VNS