Nguyen Huu Phat, the racket leader, is arrested for illegal possession and sales of drugs in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoai Anh / Tuoi Tre
Police in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on Monday afternoon initiated criminal prosecution against five men for their involvement in a drug trafficking racket where over one kilogram of drugs had been confiscated.
Nguyen Huu Phat, 25, Nguyen Van Phu, 25, Pham Tien Thanh, 20, Nguyen Ho Minh Khiet, 23, and Nguyen Huu Nhan, 18, all hailing from the Mekong Delta, are facing charges of illegal possession and sales of drugs.
In a raid conducted at around 1:30 pm on Saturday along National Route 1A in Cai Be District, Tien Giang, local police caught Phu and Le Quoc Thien, 20, transporting a white plastic bag containing about 30 grams of methamphetamine worth nearly VND18 million (US$789).
Under interrogation, Phu and Thien revealed the ring leader’s location in An Thai Trung Commune in the same district.
At Phat’s house, police seized 10 grams of methamphetamine, three ecstasy pills, four mobile phones, five motorbikes, a tablet, a pepper spray, nine homemade knives, VND74 million ($3,200) along with many tools to split drugs.
Police additionally discovered many plastic bags allegedly containing methamphetamine and brown tablets in his grandmother’s house.
The total volume of drugs seized by police officers was over a kilogram.
The extensive investigation later found 13 members implicated in the drug trafficking racket, all testing positive for drugs.
They admitted to buying narcotics from Phat and his accomplices.
Phat reportedly stayed at home and assigned his juniors to deliver drugs to addicts while he monitored the drug trade through the camera system installed in front of his house.
The arrests were part of the joint operation that lasted five months since Thai had just finished his jail term for illegal possession and sales of narcotics a few months earlier, police said.