Vietnam cops bust largest-ever ecstasy, meth racket in central city

By Nguyen Tu, Thanh Nien News

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Pham Thi Nga is handcuffed around Da Nang investigators who seized a large amount of meth and ecstasy from her places on October 19, 2014. Photo: Phan Thanh/Tuoi Tre Pham Thi Nga is handcuffed around Da Nang investigators who seized a large amount of meth and ecstasy from her places on October 19, 2014. Photo: Phan Thanh/Tuoi Tre
Police in Da Nang on Sunday seized thousands of ecstasy pills and more than two kilograms of meth in what they called the biggest drug haul ever in the central hub.
Lieutenant Colonel Tran Phuoc Huong, spokesman of the Da Nang police force, said they caught Pham Thi Nga, 43, at a bus station in the morning with more than 2,340 ecstasy pills.
The police then raided Honey hotel that the migrant from the northern mountainous province of Lang Son, which borders China, was running in the city. They found 140 grams of methamphetamine there.
Another more than two kilograms of meth showed up at the Sao Sang kindergarten managed by Nga’s daughter. The meth was hidden in formula cans and estimated to value VND4-5 billion (US$188,480-235,600), according to the police.
The police also found records documenting drug and weapon transactions at the family’s establishment in the city.
Any one convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth faces the death penalty in Vietnam, which is said to have some of the world’s toughest drug laws.
Firearm trade is also illegal in the country where the military is the only unit entitled to own and maintain arsenals.
The manufacture and transportation of military-grade weapons is punishable by between one year and life in prison.

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