Four men from Laos and another from Thailand were arrested near central Vietnam Sunday when they were trying to smuggle more than 30 kilograms of heroin through the border.
Border guards in Ha Tinh Province cooperated with Laos police to arrest the men at nearly 7 a.m. when they were heading to Vietnam in four cars carrying the heroin and more than 35,000 ecstasy pills.
An officer said they have been watching the group's operation for some time and it was one of the biggest drug hauls ever busted in the province.
Further investigation is going on.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of 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.