Woman, daughter arrested in Vietnam for using kindergarten as meth store

By Nguyen Tu, Thanh Nien News

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22-year-old Pham Thi Bich Phuong (R) cries on October 19, 2014, after the police found milk bottles containing meth at a kindergarten her mother opened for her to manage in the central city of Da Nang. Photo: Nguyen Tu 22-year-old Pham Thi Bich Phuong (R) cries on October 19, 2014, after the police found milk bottles containing meth at a kindergarten her mother opened for her to manage in the central city of Da Nang. Photo: Nguyen Tu

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Police in Da Nang have arrested a kindergarten manager for concealing at her school more than two kilograms of meth for her drug trafficker mother.
Investigators said Tuesday they had taken in Pham Thi Bich Phuong, 22, after arresting her mother Pham Thi Nga, 43, Sunday and making the biggest drug haul ever in the central city.
The police caught Nga at a bus station with more than 2,340 ecstasy pills.
They then found 140 grams of methamphetamine at the Honey Hotel she was running in the city and more than two kilograms of meth at the Sao Sang nursery she opened.
At the nursery, the meth was hidden in 14 milk bottles in the teachers’ room.
Phuong told the police her mother opened the school to serve as a drug haven and told her to manage it since she is studying to be a teacher herself.

Pham Thi Nga, 43, has been arrested in Da Nang City for running a meth and ecstasy business that used a kindergarten as a meth store. Photo: Nguyen Tu
She said they believed hiding the meth at the school would help evade police detection.
The police said the duo moved to Da Nang from Lang Son Province on the China border in 2011 to establish a drug business supplied from China.
She spent hundreds of thousands of dollars opening the hotel and kindergarten and investing in real estate to cover up her drug business.
She used the hotel as a supply point for her mules, most of them ex-convicts, rather than to let out rooms.
The police also found seven machetes and a gun she used to arm her staff at her house and hotel.
Nga was divorced in 2013 and is living with a Da Nang ex-convict.
Anyone convicted for possessing more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth faces the death penalty in Vietnam, which has some of the world’s toughest drug laws.
 

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