Vietnam police detain 8 for trafficking heroin from Laos

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Police in the central province of Nghe An recently placed eight people arrested last December with over 19 kilograms of heroin, under investigation for drug trafficking.

Tuoi Tre said the syndicate includes six Vietnamese, led by Nguyen Trong Tuan in Nghe An, and two Lao partners who supplied the heroin.

They were traveling in four cars with the heroin and cash worth nearly US$5,000 when they were arrested.

Police said they had been following Tuan, who they suspected of successfully trafficking heroin from Laos to northern Vietnam on several occasions, to an overseas Vietnamese client named Huong.

The heroin seized was allegedly ordered by Huong in late December.

Two Lao partners carried the heroin to Vietnam across a mountainous border, on December 26. They were supposed to be paid $3,000, police said.

Authorities say supplies from Laos have fueled the illegal drug trade in Vietnam recently.

Also in late December, Nghe An Police arrested six members of another gang, including two Laotians, for traveling with nearly 20 kilograms of heroin, which was allegedly en route to China.

Between April and early September last year, central Vietnamese police busted at least six drug trafficking operations, arresting several Laotians and Vietnamese and seizing dozens of kilograms of heroin.

Those arrested over that time confessed to having carried hundreds of kilograms over a period of years from Laos to Vietnam, and sometimes on to China.

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 methamphetamine face the death penalty.

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