The Hanoi police said that earlier this month they busted a major drug gang that had trafficked 39.6 kilograms of heroin to China.
General Tran Duc Long, head of the Hanoi Drug Police, said the gang had been bringing drugs from Laos to the mountainous province of Son La and then to Hanoi before sending it to China.
A 49-year-old man in downtown Hanoi, said to be the kingpin, has been arrested with several other members. Curiously, the police only identified the man by his family name Vu and said his first name begins with S.
On September 5 the police found 9.6 kilograms of heroin and a kilogram of meth in a car together with two gang members, a woman from Hanoi and a man from Son La. They also found a gun with 14 bullets.
The duo admitted to have trafficked a total of 39.6 kilograms of drugs to China on eight different occasions.
Tran Thuy, deputy director of the Hanoi police, said some new drug gangs have emerged recently, led by people who had lived abroad and learnt how to make meth from pseudoephedrine, a common cold medicine ingredient.
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 meth face the death penalty.
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