Police in Hoa Binh Province near Hanoi said they had to fire gun shots to nab an alleged drug smuggler carrying around 31 kilograms of heroin on a truck.
A statement released Sunday by Hoa Binh Police said they made the giant drug bust at around 3 am on January 6, with support from Hanoi colleagues and special task forces from the Ministry of Public Security.
The police said they had no choice but to shoot the truck driver Tran Duc Duy, 29, as he had fought back when the police pulled him over on his way to Hanoi.
Duy was injured to his arm.
The police found a gun and seven bullets on his truck besides the heroin.
Duy said he was hired to transport the drug.
Acting on his tip-offs, the police arrested six suspects and seized nearly three more kilograms of heroin, two guns and 38 bullets.
Nearly 31 kilograms of heroin that police in the northern province of Hoa Binh seized from one major bust in January 2015. Photo credit: An Ninh Thu Do
The police said they had been following the ring for a long time.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws.
Those convicted of producing or selling 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics face the death penalty.
Smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine is also punishable by death.