The Ho Chi Minh City police Wednesday seized more than 13 kilograms of methamphetamine from a gang which allegedly received weekly supplies from China.
Officers first arrested Trung, 32, when he was leaving an apartment in Tan Binh District with more than three kilograms of meth.
They raided the apartment later that day and seized another 10 kg. They also arrested Do Thai Son, 46, who was living there. Son tried in vain to fire at the officers with an assault rifle.
Son, who is from the northern city of Hai Phong, said he crossed the border into China every seven or 10 days to buy 10-20 kg of meth each time and hired porters to carry it to Hai Phong.
He would then hide the drug in tea or cookie bags and bring them to HCMC, earning profits of VND160-200 million (US$7,200-9,000) per kilogram.
Son said he had bought the M-16 rifle and ammunition in Cambodia recently.
A suspect attempted to use an M-16 rifle against the police during a drug raid in HCMC June 29. Photo courtesy of the police
Trung was a partner who sold the drugs directly to users in the city, according to preliminary investigation.
Police said they have been surveiling the gang since April.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or 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.