Two men, including a Lao national, were detained Thursday for allegedly trading nearly 17 kg of heroin, police in central Vietnam said.
Cho Cha, 38, from Laos' Xiangkhouang Province, and Gia Tua Rua, 54, were arrested when they were trading the heroin in a hotel in Ky Son Dist., Nghe An Province, the police said.
The police said that during the raid, the two suspects attempted to attack them with knives. No officers were injured.
They are investigating further.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is punishable by death. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine also face the death penalty.