Vietnamese border guards in Nghe An Province on Saturday arrested two Lao nationals suspected of bringing 3.7 kilograms of heroin from Laos to Vietnam.
Xong Rua Lo and Xong Ba Tu (the Vietnamese transcription of their Lao names) attempted to use knives to attack the border guards, but were overpowered after a brief fight, according to Nghe An Border Guard Command.
Lo, 28, and Tu, 15, carried 3.7 kilograms of heroin, which they said would be delivered to drug dealers in Thanh Chuong District. Investigation is on-going, police said.
Elsewhere on the Vietnamese border with Laos, Vietnamese police are cooperating with Lao authorities to search for two people suspected of transporting 20,000 ecstasy tablets into Vietnam.
The suspects, who travelled in a van, opened fire at the police when they were stopped in Quang Tri Province in central Vietnam. They then fled to a jungle that spans two countries, leaving the vehicle and drug behind, police said.
Drug trafficking across the border between Laos and Vietnam is rampant with scores of dealers and smugglers arrested and convicted every year.
Early this year 30 drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam for trafficking more than 12 tons of heroin from Laos through Vietnam and then into China.
Vietnam’s Penal Code rules those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty, making the country one of the toughest in the world regarding drug laws.
The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.
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