Vietnam police catch 4 women smuggling drugs in underclothes

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(L-R) Ring leader Tran Thi Thanh Lan, Vo Thi Lam, Tran Thi Ni, and Tran Thi Be Ba

The Ho Chi Minh City police Wednesday (January 9) detained four women who allegedly smuggled in 4.3 kilograms of heroin from Cambodia by concealing them in their underclothes.

Tran Thi Thanh Lan, 47, the leader of the ring, Pham Thi Ni, 49, and Vo Thi Lam, 29, of Binh Phuoc Province and Tran Thi Be Ba, 19, of Tay Ninh were caught January 4 when they arrived by bus in Tan Binh District after two other arrested gang members tipped them off, online newspaper Vietnamnet reported Wednesday.

The police first found nothing in their luggage, but then women officers found several packets of heroin hidden in their bra and panties, jackets, and sandals. Each carried around 1.2 kilograms, according to Vietnamnet.

Four packets of heroin, a bra and a pair of sandals seized from four drug traffickers  in HCMC

Lan paid each of them US$1,400 for every such consignment.  

She also told the police she used to be a hairdresser before getting into drug trafficking. She herself first carried small quantities and then persuaded other hairdressers in Binh Phuoc's Loc Ninh District to join her.

The city police arrested two of Lan's mules last October.

They caught Nguyen Thi Thanh, 51, with three kilograms of drugs in her backpack in District 1.

Through her, they caught Mai Thuy, 35, also a city resident like Thanh, who said she had hired Thanh to bring the drugs from Cambodia.

The police are looking for the rest of the gang.

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