Vietnam Seizes Drugs in Passenger Buses from Laos

Police search for narcotic substances in in Quang Tri Province. (Photo: VnExpress).

Vietnamese police discovered narcotic drugs on passenger buses traveling from Laos to Vietnam last week at the Lao Bao Border Checkpoint, which connects Savannakhet to Quảng Trị province in Vietnam.

VnExpress reports that customs and police officers arrested eight Vietnamese nationals for smuggling around 6 kg of drugs from Laos.

Last week, customs officers at the Lao Bao Border Checkpoint searched and found unidentified drugs on two passenger buses with license plates from Vietnam.

Customs officers were performing their routine inspection of the two buses when they found the drugs. The drugs were not seized when they were discovered and instead officers at the border teamed up with local police to follow the buses and eventually the individuals to their homes.

They discovered 40 pills of synthetic drugs and 100 grams of ketamine at their homes as well.

Earlier this month, five individuals were apprehended at the center of Da Nang carrying 4.4 kg of drugs concealed in their suitcases.

Police officials from Vietnam say Laos and Vietnam continue to be conducive places to smuggle drugs from the golden triangle for consuming and shipping to other countries.