Police in northern Vietnam have recently arrested eight people and seized more than 32 kilograms of heroin being smuggled into the country.
On November 25, police in Lao Cai Province arrested four men, aged from 28 to 42, in a pickup truck with a Hanoi license plate carrying more than 12 kg of heroin.
Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of two accomplices in the nearby Dien Bien Province. Police also seized about 11 kg of heroin at their houses.
Three days later, police busted another drug smuggling ring in Dien Bien. Its members also used pickup trucks with Hanoi license plates to smuggle illicit drugs from the border to the capital city.
They arrested two men in Dien Bien and two others in Lao Cai and seized a truck and nearly 11 kg of heroin.
Drug crimes face strict penalties in Vietnam. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in Vietnam will face death sentences.
The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.