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Vietnamese police bust alleged Cambodia based drug trafficking ring

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Tea bags with over 76 kg of drugs hidden in them are found in a house in Binh Thanh District, HCMC, July 30, 2020. Photo courtesy of HCMC police.

Police raids in HCMC and other localities last Thursday night seized over 76 kg of drugs linked to Cambodia, leading to the arrest of nine suspects.

The seized narcotics included at least 76 kg of methamphetamine and over 17,000 ecstasy pills, Vietnamese police said. The stash was found in a house in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District, hidden in tea bags under a bed.

Police said the drugs belonged to a Cambodia-based trafficking ring. Further details on the nine arrests have yet to be revealed.

An investigation is ongoing.

HCMC’s vibrant economy and well-connected traffic infrastructure has made it a favored trafficking hub for drugs from the Golden Triangle – an intersection of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, which is the second largest dugs producing region after the Golden Crescent in South Asia.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or over 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face death. VN Express.Net

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