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Vietnam, Laos hold 12th periodic conference on fight against transnational drug trafficking

December, 27 2018
MPS - The 12th periodic conference on combating drug-related crime among the Drug-related Crime Police Department under Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, the Department of Drug Prevention of the Border Guard Command under Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam, and the Prevention and Counter Narcotic Police Department of the General Department of Police under the Lao Security Ministry was held on December 26 in Hanoi.


An overview of the conference.

Reports at the conference read that the situation of illegal drug trafficking along the Vietnam-Laos shared border remained complicated in 2018. There were many criminal gangs with high-profile subjects of various nationalities, which carried large amounts of heroin and synthetic drugs from the Golden Triangle across the Vietnam-Lao border into Vietnam before being transported to the third countries. Notably, cases of drug traffickers using dangerous weapons increased sharply.

The drug prevention and control forces of the two countries in localities on both sides of the shared border in 2018 conducted 255 joint border patrols; eradicated 17 complicated points; successfully cracked down on 4,254 drug cases, including 98 serious ones; seized 496.91 kg of heroin, 584 kg of synthetic drugs and 560,335 synthetic drug tablets and many other exhibits.

Delegates at the conference.

At the conference, delegates briefed each other on the drug situation of each country and reviewed results of the implementation of the agreed cooperation contents at the 11th conference; shared experiences in drug prevention and control in the past time; updated each other on information about suspects and cross-border drug trafficking routes and wanted lists; and drafted cooperation plans as well as proposed strategic recommendations for cooperation in the fight against drug-related crime in the coming time.

By Tien Dung