The People's Supreme Prosecutor has filed charges against two men, including a Vietnamese-Canadian, for allegedly trafficking 14.8 kilograms of methamphetamine into Vietnam early last year.
According to the indictment, Pham Ngoc Lam, 45, a Canadian of Vietnamese origin, carried two suitcases with a total of 25 packets of meth inside, on a flight from Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City last December.
After noticing that customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport had become suspicious and had likely detected the drugs, Lam fled the scene, but was arrested shortly afterward.
Prosecutors also indicted Dang Tuan Vinh, a resident of northern Hai Duong Province, for his alleged role in the drug smuggling.
According to the court, Lam hired Vinh, 40, to ensure the drugs would make it through customs and could be smoothly transported out of the airport.
Lam’s younger brother Pham Ngoc Ngon, who helped Lam communicate with Vinh, is still at large, police said.
Pham Quoc Huan, who allegedly helped Vinh organize the job, also fled but later turned himself into police.
According to investigators, charges against Huan were dropped after he cooperated with authorities to help them arrest Vinh and Lam.