Two found smuggling 6 kg of heroin in northern Vietnam

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Exhibits, including heroin and guns, found in a bust on a drug trafficking ring in the northern city of Hai Phong

Two men were arrested for transporting six kilograms of heroin with weapons in the northern city of Hai Phong Sunday.

According to Tran Quang Vinh, chief of drug criminal investigation department under the city's police division, Nguyen Van Binh, 48, and Chu Van Duy, 28, were found carrying heroin with 31 tables of synthetic drugs by car.

A AK-47 assault rifle, two pistols, a sword, and VND54 million (US$2,500) were discovered in the car as well, police said.

Binh has been identified as the leader of a massive drug trafficking ring going from Moc Chau District in the northern province of Son La to Hai Phong, Vinh said.


Nguyen Van Binh (L), Chu Van Duy

Later, police raided Binh's home and found more than VND100 million ($4,700) with some related exhibits.

The case is now under investigation.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin are eligible for the death sentence.

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