Customs officials in Vietnam hub seize 10 kilos of meth ingredient

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Customs officials in Vietnam hub seize 10 kilos of meth ingredient


Ho Chi Minh City customs inspectors seized nearly ten kilograms of the most common ingredient for meth, on Thursday, valued at nearly US$330,000.
Testing conducted by crime technicians at the city police found pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient for producing methamphetamine, mixed with fermented shrimp paste in two plastic jars, news website VnExpress reported.
The jars were registered to be shipped to Australia by a city local. The invoice noted only the shrimp paste and described the package as a "food gift." But the inspectors noticed some suspicious signs.
“If it had made it through to Australia, it could be worth more than VND7 billion ($329,000),” a customs official said.
The customs department is working with the city police to investigate the matter further.
More than 55 kilograms of meth precursors and 4.2 kilograms of heroin, have been seized by municipal customs agents during the past eight months.
The drugs were hidden in foods or cosmetics and in many cases were to be shipped to Australia.

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