Vietnam police catch drug trafficker at Lao border

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Vietnamese border police and customs officials in Ha Tinh Province stopped a Laotain man who was tranporting more than one kilogram of methamphetamine and other drugs on Tuesday.

Thoong Da Sa Vong, 34, of Vientaine, was arrested at Cau Treo international border gate with the meth, 16 ectasy tablets, and around three grams of heroin, Tien Phong reported.

Vong said he was hired by an unnamed individual to transport the drugs from Laos to Vietnam for sale.

Drug trafficking from Laos to Vietnam has been on the rise, lately.

Police filed charges against 19 Vietnamese for allegedly trafficking more than 346 kilograms of heroin, 25 kilograms of meth, and 200,000 ecstasy tablets from 2007 until they were arrested in April of this year.

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On the night of July 18, a Vietnamese man was stopped at a cental Vietnam border crossing with nearly 7.3 kilograms of heroin and 12,000 ectasy tablets that he was smuggling from Laos.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth face the death penalty.

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