Wanted South Korean drug smuggler arrested in Vietnam

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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Kim Won Hoon, a suspected drug ring leader, in a photo provided by police. Photo: Nam Anh Kim Won Hoon, a suspected drug ring leader, in a photo provided by police. Photo: Nam Anh

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Vietnamese police said they arrested earlier this month a South Korean man wanted in his own country for allegedly running a drug smuggling ring, news website Cong Ly (Justice) reported.
Kim Won Hoon, 31, was arrested on December 9 in Hanoi, local police said.
Kim and Lee Tae Hee, 41, are the suspected leaders of a ring that organized 18 shipments of methamphetamine from Vietnam to South Korea between October 2011 and January 2012, the police said.
Kim told the police they received online orders and payments before shipping the drugs, which were hidden in consignments containing clothes and electronic products and sent to buyers through express services.
In October 2012, the South Korean narcotics police tracked down the ring and issued wanted warrant against Kim and Lee.

A file photo of Lee Tae Hee, provided by police.
The pair fled to Vietnam. They posed as successful businessmen and usually came to luxury bars and night clubs in Hanoi.
On October 27 this year, Lee was arrested by Hanoi police after he was found stealing two mobile phones from a local woman.

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