Police in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thanh District said Thursday they have arrested six suspects in an operation to crack down on a large local drug ring.
Police have also seized 4 kg of heroin, 1,800 methamphetamine tablets, and a revolver with 12 bullets in the operation, which was launched in April this year.
They raided many locations in the city, including a hotel in District 11 where they arrested Vu Hong Son, allegedly a ring leader, on June 29.
Son, who had five prior convictions, was caught possessing 2 kg of heroin and the revolver.
Son told police he had paid US$3,000 to buy the gun in Cambodia, plus an extra fee of $1,000 to deliver it to Ho Chi Minh City.
“Once in this job, I knew I'd be sent to the firing squad if I was caught, so I always carried a gun with me. If you [police officers] acted just a second too late, you will be shot down,” said Son to the police.
The six drug suspects were arrested between June 29 to July 1.
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 methamphetamine face the death penalty.