Vietnam police arrest 2 for trafficking 7kg meth, ecstasy

By Dam Huy-Ngoc Tho, Thanh Nien News

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Pham Van Hoang, 30, at a HCMC police station with more than 7.1 kilograms of meth and ecstasy pills he was allegedly hired to smuggle from Hai Phong June 6. Photo credit: Lao Dong Pham Van Hoang, 30, at a HCMC police station with more than 7.1 kilograms of meth and ecstasy pills he was allegedly hired to smuggle from Hai Phong June 6. Photo credit: Lao Dong

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Two drug trafficking suspects were arrested this month along with more than 7 kilograms of methamphetamine and ecstasy tablets in a joint operation carried out by police in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
The arrests of Pham Van Hoang, 30, and Hoang Thi Loan, 48, were carried out on June 6 when they arrived in Ho Chi Minh City from the northern city of Hai Phong with the illegal drugs, but were not made public until June 15. 
According to HCMC police, Hoang was caught at 6:30 p.m. June 6 just when he stepped down from a bus at the Mien Dong (Eastern) Terminal in Binh Thanh District, which receives buses from and to central and northern provinces.
Hoang was found carrying a carton box which contained nearly two kilograms of meth and 20,000 ectasy tablets weighing 5.2 kilograms in total.
Colonel Nguyen Hoang Thang, police chief of Binh Thanh, said the city police had been informed by their colleagues in Hanoi that a person of around 33 years of age was smuggling drug on a bus from Hai Phong.
Following Hoang's confession, police arrested Loan two hours later when she just arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Hoang claimed Loan hired him to carry the drug two days earlier.
Police have searched Loan's house in Hai Phong and reportedly seized some more drugs.
Further investigation are going on.
Vietnam’s Penal Code says those convicted of possessing/smuggling 100 grams of heroin or cocaine or 300 grams of other drugs face capital punishment, making the country among the toughest regarding drug laws.

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