Thanh Hoa police arrested a second-generation ecstasy trafficker near the Laos border, eight years after he escaped a raid.
The police said Monday that Thao Van Khai, 28, the son of the area’s late notorious drug kingpin Thao Van Sung, was arrested in a small village, VnExpress reported.
After Thanh Hoa police shot his father during a raid in 2005, Khai allegedly continued the family business.
Police say he colluded with several local residents to develop a trafficking network from Laos to Vietnam, the site reported.
Khai managed to escape into Laos during a raid that put an end to his massive operation in 2006.
Local police then put out a warrant which described him as an especially dangerous criminal.
Khai reportedly remained active while in hiding by hand-carrying meth and ecstasy through the jungle border between Laos and Thanh Hoa.
Thao Van Khai, 28, was arrested armed with a knife in Thanh Hoa Province. Police say he was trafficking ecstasy pills from Laos and a knife.
Police say Khai typically hid out in H’Mong villages during the day and distributed drugs at night, either on foot or motorbike.
He carried weapons and fake ID cards.
Police ambushed him at around 1:30 a.m. last Friday while he was delivering a shipment to Thanh Hoa.
They seized 39 ecstasy pills and weapons including a knife.
Drug trafficking across the Laos-Vietnam border has grown rampant in recent years and police arrest scores of dealers and smugglers each year.
Vietnam’s Penal Code demands that those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty, making the country one of the toughest in the world in terms of punishing drug crimes.
The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.