Cross-border drug transporter caught with 11 kg of drugs

01/15/2021 09:16

VGP - A 37-year-old man has been arrested in the central province of Ha Tinh for transporting eight kilograms of ketamine and three kilograms of methamphetamine, the provincial border guard said on January 14.

Tran Ngoc Nam was caught red-handed with the drugs at around 7:20pm on January 13 as his car was stopped by local anti-drug forces on National Highway 8A crossing Son Kim 1 commune, Huong Son district.

Nam, who comes from Son Tra district, the central city of Da Nang, later confessed he was hired by a Lao national to ship the drugs from Ha Tinh’s Cau Treo International Border Gate, a border crossing between Viet Nam and Laos, to a person in the northern city of Ha Phong.

Earlier on January 13, over 31 kg of drugs of various types have been found in multiple parcels sent from abroad by mail and express mail to Ho Chi Minh City, the city’s Customs Department announced on January 13.

It said a team of local customs authority, anti-drug, anti-trafficking and police forces on January 12 seized the drugs contained in 16 parcels shipped from Germany, France, the US, Canada, China, and Hong Kong (China) by mail and express mail.

The drugs, including Ecstasy/Molly (MDMA), Cocaine, Ketamine and Cannabis, were concealed between two layers of cartons filled with clothing and confectionary sent as gifts, or masqueraded as milk powder and candy packs.

It was also the first time drugs had been discovered in two shipments sent via a new route from China and Hong Kong (China).

The HCM City Customs Department is cooperating with relevant authorities to further investigate the case.

In November last year, the city also seized more than 20 kg of drugs shipped from overseas via a similar way./.