17 charged in Vietnam for making, selling 100kg of drugs

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Prosecutors in the southern province of Long An have charged 17 members of a gang with producing and selling more than 100 kilograms of synthetic drugs, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Thursday.

The gang, led by Luc Gia Khanh, Dao Cam Hung, both 25, Sam Anh Thu, and Luc Gia Huy, both 23, allegedly produced methamphetamine from chemicals and precursors, according to the indictment.

They had earned VND100 billion (US$4.74 million) from selling the drugs by the time they were arrested last May.

Hung had been caught with a nylon bag containing crystal meth and over VND44 million in cash in his motorbike.

Through him the police tracked down the others and seized one kilogram of crystal meth, 9.6 kilograms of meth tablets, and more than VND12.5 billion ($592,700) in cash.

Khanh made the drugs from precursors bought in Ho Chi Minh City, producing 350 grams of meth from every carton of medical substances.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws.

Producing or selling 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other drugs is punishable by death.

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