Police in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District announced that they busted a family of drug smugglers on Wednesday.
Ten alleged members of a drug distribution gang were reportedly detained as suspects in a raid that occurred last week.
Police identified the alleged ringleader of the gang as Chau Thi Ha, a 47-year-old woman.
Ha is related to every alleged member of the gang.
Narcotics police in the district began following the suspects late last year.
The group all reportedly resided in the narrow alley that empties out at 72 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street.
The alley had become a hotspot for hundreds of addicts.
Police say the suspects sold heroin to users in HCMC and other neighboring provinces.
Ha allegedly assigned her subordinates to buy heroin wholesale from two women named Nguyen Thi Thanh Kieu, 40, and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Hoa, 37, in districts 7 and 4.
During a hand-off at a coffee shop on December 17, a team of officers swarmed arrested Le Thi Anh Nhung, one of Ha’s subordinates, and Kieu. They also seized two bricks of heroin weighing 700 grams valued at an estimated VND60 million (US$2,805).
At the same time, hundreds of armed police officers clad in bulletproof vests stormed their homes in the alley.
A special response team blocked off the entrance to the area and ran drug sniffing dogs through the six houses occupied by the alleged gang. Traffic cops and militiamen surrounded the houses to prevent hundreds of curious residents from blocking traffic.
By the end of the day, police wrapped up their search and carted off several large containers worth of evidence.
They also arrested 15 alleged drug dealers and addicts.