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Vietnam enhances prevention and fight against drug-related foreign criminals

February, 12 2020
MPS - Drug-related crimes involved foreigners have now become more complicated in Vietnam. The recent cases of drug trafficking have showed that Vietnam is not only an illicit drug market but also a transit, from which illicit drugs are transported to third countries.

Drug-related foreign criminals mainly operated along the Vietnam - Laos, Vietnam - Cambodia, Vietnam - China borderlines. They continuously changed their tricks and methods, which are increasingly sophisticated and cunning. They are ready to use military weapons to fight back the functional forces when being detected and chased.

The functional force checks evidence and exhibits in the case of transporting 300kg of crystal methamphetamine in Ho Chi Minh City.


The Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes, in coordination with professional units on March 20, 2019 arrested 11 suspects (including eight Chinese, three Vietnamese) accused of transporting 300kg of methamphetamine.

Tools used to produce and store synthetic drugs.


On August 12, 2019, the Customs Branch of Tan Son Nhat International Airport, in coordination with the relevant authorities arrested a 39-year-old Senegalese passenger. The man had swallowed 77 cocaine-containing tablets with the aim of preventing the functional forces from detecting the illicit drug.

On August 6, 2019, the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes, in coordination with the Kon Tum Provincial Police Department launched a raid on a suspected place - Dong An Vien Import-Export Company Limited (Dak Ha town, Dak Ha district, Kon Tum province) and arrested seven Chinese nationals who were illegally producing drug substances.

Synthetic drugs.


It has been predicted that the number of foreigners involved in drug-related crimes will increase in the coming time. Criminals may find more ways to transport drugs into Vietnam from other countries and then continue shipping the drugs to third countries. At the same time, foreign criminals are likely to take advantage of modern information technology, internet-based platforms and techniques to conduct illegal banking transactions, online payments as well as to transport and trade narcotics.

In this circumstance, state management agencies should complete mechanisms and regulations on residence management of foreigners; enhance immigration management; strengthen coordination and cooperation with other countries in combating transnational crimes; intensify cooperation among the police, customs, border guard and coast guard forces in patrolling and controlling border areas, border gates and at sea in order to effectively prevent and combat drug-related crimes involving foreigners in Vietnam; promote information dissemination on drug prevention and control in communities to raise people’ awareness and mobilize them to participate in the fight against drug-related crimes committed by foreign criminals in Vietnam./.

by Quang Linh