Large drug hauls seized in Vietnam

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 Le Thi Kim Oanh and her cannabis. Photo: Hoa Khanh Le Thi Kim Oanh and her cannabis. Photo: Hoa Khanh

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Vietnamese police are cooperating with Lao counterpart to look for a Vietnamese national who has been accused of sending nearly 10kg of cannabis to his wife for reselling in Vietnam.
The case was detected on August 11 when police caught Le Thi Kim Oanh, 42, red handed carrying more than 6kg of cannabis.
Police also seized nearly 4kg of cannabis at her house in Hue Town.
At the police station, Oanh said her husband Le Xuan Hien had sent the cannabis from Laos.
Investigation led to the arrest of Vo Ngoc Binh, 46, a bus driver on Hue-Lao route that transported the drug for the couple and Truong Ngo, 43, another link in the illegal trade.
Investigators believed that Binh has transported drug for the couple for many times.
In related news, Lao Cai police have arrested 4 people in 3 separate drug smuggling cases in the northern province from August 10-12. They seized a total of nearly 3kg of heroin and 1kg of cannabis.
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.

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