Border officers in central Vietnam are holding a Laotian and two Vietnamese over drug trafficking allegations after they were caught carrying heroin and marijuana across the border.
The Lao man, 43, and his Vietnamese accomplice, 42, were arrested in Thanh Hoa Province Saturday night after failing to escape. They were armed with knives and a tear gas gun.
Border guards seized from them 700 grams of heroin.
During the weekend, police in Ha Tinh to the south of Thanh Hoa also arrested a woman who smuggled three kilograms of marijuana from Laos on a bus.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.
The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.
Although the laws have been strictly enforced with capital punishment handed down regularly, drug crimes remain a serious problem.
Police said transnational drug operations are complicated at border areas with Laos, as well as China, where many drug busts have been made this year.