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Police seek fugitive drug trafficker

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Vu Hoang on Interpol’s most wanted list after being accused of trafficking drugs. Interpol

The National Police are cooperating with Vietnamese counterparts in order to apprehend a suspect believed to be a drug ringleader who fled into Cambodia.

General Mak Chito, deputy National Police chief in charge of drugs, said yesterday that authorities are looking for the woman who Vietnamese police believe was the ringleader of a drug gang in Ho Chi Minh City.

Gen Chito noted that she fled Vietnam after seven members of her gang were arrested with about 30 kilograms of heroin in May.

“We received a report from Interpol in Vietnam that the suspect fled to Cambodia,” he said. “But after we inspected all police checkpoints along the Cambodia-Vietnam border, we were still unable to locate her whereabouts.”

Gen Chito said that Cambodian authorities are aware of her identity and that police will continue to work with Vietnamese authorities to apprehend the suspect and extradite her to Vietnam.

“Our Cambodian officers are working hard and cooperating with Vietnamese authorities to seek her out and arrest her and deport her back to Vietnam so she can face the law,” he said.

Major Meas Sarith, a police officer working with the anti-drug department at the Interior Ministry, yesterday identified the suspect as 61-year-old Vu Hoang Oanh.

Maj Sarith said that Ms Hoang Oanh and her associates also exported drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam. He said that her main route was from Kampot province to Ho Chi Minh city.

Following the raid on her gang, Vietnamese police seized 39 packages of methamphetamine, about 100,000 tablets of ecstasy and about 30 kilograms of heroin, Vietnamese media reported.

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