|Liep Latsavong was caught while transporting the pills, which were contained in 329 bags. — VNA/VNS Photo|
QUẢNG TRỊ — Border guards in central Quảng Trị province on Tuesday arrested a Lao man carrying 65,800 methamphetamine pills from Laos to Việt Nam. The man was named as Liep Latsavong, 19, residing in the Lao province of Savannakhet.
Latsavong was apprehended while transporting the pills, which were contained in 329 bags. Based on the man’s testimony, the border force station at the Lao Bảo international border gate and the drug and crime prevention team of the provincial border guard arrested Trần Khắc Hoàng, 27, in Bắc Giang province and Nguyễn Anh Quỳnh, 19, in Tuyên Quang province, who were accused of hiring Latsavong to transfer the drugs to Việt Nam.
One day earlier, the border guard force in the central province of Nghệ An also stopped a suspect who was transporting a large volume of drugs from Laos to Việt Nam.
Accordingly, the force’s unit at Nậm Cắn international border gate, in collaboration with the provincial Customs Department, arrested Phan Tuấn Anh for illegally transporting ketamine across the border. Anh, born in 1992 and residing in Nghệ An’s Yên Thành district, was found with 285 phials of ketamine in his luggage while passing the border gate.
Thirty-six out of 285 phials of ketamine were detected in Anh’s bag and the remainder was found in the luggage compartment of a passenger car with Lao registration number UN 0279, which was passing through immigration procedures at the border gate. Anh admitted that he transported the drugs into Việt Nam to sell to a Vietnamese person. Both cases are under further investigation. — VNS