Hanoi cops call ex-con biggest drug dealer in Hanoi history

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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A Hanoi man with two previous drug convictions was arrested with more than a kilo of meth and over a thousand ecstasy pills in his possession.
Le Minh Thang, 41, was charged Thursday for drug trafficking, although he was arrested on the street late last month.
The police said Thang was parking his car at an intersection in Hoan Kiem District on the night of June 25.
When police officers approached and asked for his papers, he attempted to flee and was arrested down the road.
Police found 19.8 grams of methamphetamine and 200 ecstasy pills in his car.

Le Minh Thang, 41, at a Hanoi police station after his arrest on June 25, 2014. Photo credit: VnExpress
A subsequent search of his home led to the recovery of another 0.32 gram of heroin, 6 grams of marijuana and drug paraphenalia.
A search of his café led to the recovery of 1.15 kilograms of meth divided into 17 plastic bags and 1,390 ecstasy pills.
Thang said he bought all the drugs on June 22 from a strange man for VND650 million (US$30,500).
Lieutenant Colonel Chu Thi Hoa, head of the district's narcotics division, said Thang’s is the biggest meth and ecstasy supplier ever busted in Hanoi.
Producing or selling 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics carries the death penalty in Vietnam.
Smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth is also punishable by death.

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