Vietnam busts major drug trafficking ring from Cambodia

HO CHI MINH CITY, Sept 11 (Xinhua): Police of southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City have cracked down a major ring smuggling over 47kg of drugs from Cambodia to the country, Vietnam News Agency has reported.

Three traffickers, aged 35 to 43, were caught red-handed on Sept. 2 receiving the drug which is worth almost US$2 million contained in two fruit boxes from a transporter they hired at a market in the city.

The drugs included nearly 30 kg of crystal methamphetamine, over 9.2 kg of ketamine, 15 cakes of heroin and 20,000 ecstasy tablets, according to the report. Further investigation is underway.

As stipulated in Vietnamese laws, those convicted of smuggling over 600 grammes of heroin or more than 2.5 kg of methamphetamine are punishable by death. Making or trading 100 grammes of heroin or 300 grammes of other illegal drugs also faces death penalty.

Vietnam also reported no new cases of no Covid-19 infection on Thursday (Sept 10), with its total confirmed cases standing at 1,059 and 35 deaths from the disease so far, according to its Ministry of Health.

The ministry also announced that three more Covid-19 patients have been given all-clear, raising the total cured cases in the country to 893 as of Thursday.

Meanwhile, over 36,100 people are being quarantined and monitored in the country, according to the ministry.

Following the positive news on the Covid-19 epidemic situation, localities in Vietnam have started to ease restrictions against the epidemic.

Local authorities of northern Thai Binh province have allowed the reopening of relics, sports and entertainment activities, karaoke services, among others on condition that epidemic prevention and control measures are ensured, Vietnam News Agency reported on Thursday.

Earlier, other localities including southern Ho Chi Minh City and central Phu Yen province also had the same move to reopen non-essential services.

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