Drug ring leader sentenced to death in southern Vietnam

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has called for the involvement of the entire political system and the public in the fight against drug crimes, which have recently shown complicated developments. Chairing a national teleconference on drug control in Hà Nội, the PM expressed his concern that despite the discovery and strict punishment of many drug cases, drug crimes are yet to decline and drug abuse among young people is on the rise, especially in big cities such as Hà Nội, HCM City, Bình Dương, Đồng Nai and Vũng Tàu. Without strong and drastic actions, the situation will become serious, he warned, adding that new types of drugs, especially synthetic ones, are not only smuggled into the country but also recently produced in Hà Nội. Deputy Minister of Public Security Lê Quý Vương said heroin and synthetic drugs are smuggled in Việt Nam from abroad, particularly in border areas of the northwestern and north central regions. Notably, drug trafficking from Laos this year has increased by 4.6 times from last year, with more sophisticated tricks. According to Vương, the illegal trading and transport of synthetic drugs, particularly "ice" meth, surged from last year, mostly from China, Laos, Cambodia and Western African countries. A total of 19,333 drug crimes were discovered during 2016, with more than 31,000 suspects arrested. He also reported that there are nearly 211,000 drug addicts in the country, up 10,600 from 2015. Commenting on the cause of below-expectation drug detoxification work, Deputy…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for the involvement of the entire political system and the public in the fight against drug crimes, which have recently shown complicated developments. Chairing a national teleconference on drug control in Hanoi on December 23, the PM expressed his concern that despite the discovery and strict punishment of many drug cases, drug crimes are yet to decline and drug abuse among young people is on the rise, especially in big cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Vung Tau. Without strong and drastic actions, the situation will become serious, he warned, adding that new types of drugs, especially synthetic ones, are not only smuggled into the country but also recently produced in Hanoi. Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong said heroin and synthetic drugs are smuggled in Vietnam from abroad, particularly in border areas of the northwestern and north central regions. Notably, drug trafficking from Laos this year has increased by 4.6 times from last year, with more sophisticated tricks. According to Vuong, the illegal trading and transport of synthetic drugs, particularly “ice” meth, surged from last year, mostly from China, Laos, Cambodia and Western African countries. A total of 19,333 drug crimes were discovered during 2016, with more than 31,000 suspects arrested. He also reported that there are nearly 211,000 drug addicts in the country, up 10,600 from 2015. Commenting on the cause of below-expectation drug detoxification work, Deputy Minister of…... [read more]

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Kim Won Hoon, a suspected drug ring leader, in a photo provided by police. Photo: Nam Anh Vietnamese police said they arrested earlier this month a South Korean man wanted in his own country for allegedly running a drug smuggling ring, news website Cong Ly (Justice) reported. Kim Won Hoon, 31, was arrested on December 9 in Hanoi, local police said. Kim and Lee Tae Hee, 41, are the suspected leaders of a ring that organized 18 shipments of methamphetamine from Vietnam to South Korea between October 2011 and January 2012, the police said. Kim told the police they received online orders and payments before shipping the drugs, which were hidden in consignments containing clothes and electronic products and sent to buyers through express services. In October 2012, the South Korean narcotics police tracked down the ring and issued wanted warrant against Kim and Lee. A file photo of Lee Tae Hee, provided by police. The pair fled to Vietnam. They posed as successful businessmen and usually came to luxury bars and night clubs in Hanoi. On October 27 this year, Lee was arrested by Hanoi police after he was found stealing two mobile phones from a local woman.... [read more]

Police from a northern province busted a drug boss in Hanoi after he returned recently to the country and was gathering money to flee abroad again. The Nghe An police said Thursday that on October 1, they had arrested Nguyen Van Hung, 52, of Thai Nguyen town, at Bac Song Duong hotel in Hanoi's Gia Lam district, where he was hiding. Hung, for whom the police had spread their dragnet a year ago for suspected transport and trafficking of over 100kg of heroin, returned to Hanoi last month and asked his wife and some accomplices to collect money so that he could flee again. According to Nghe An police files, he is the leader of a transborder ring trafficking drugs between Vietnam and Laos. The ring pushed drugs in northern provinces like Cao Bang, Bac Can, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, and Nam Dinh. The Nghe An police cracked the case when they captured two key gang members, Ha Sy Que and Tran Tien, in June last year. They have so far prosecuted 31 members of the gang and detained 21 of them. (Reported by Viet Dung - Translated by Minh Phat)... [read more]

Local drivers and transport businesses have increasingly expressed their disapproval of the Cai Lay toll station, which is on the section of National Highway 1 in Cai Lay Town, in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Drivers are charged between VND35,000 (US$1.54) and VND180,000 ($7.92) depending on their vehicles. The toll station belongs to a BOT (build-operate-transfer) project upgrading the section of highway and building a detour across Cai Lay Town, and cost a total of VND1.3 trillion ($57.2 million). BOT is a project-financing framework in which the developer receives a concession from the private or public sector to finance, design, construct and operate a facility for a certain period, during which it has to raise the finances for, and is entitled to retain all revenues generated by, the project. The facility is then transferred to the public administration at the end of the concession agreement. Many drivers consider the current toll exorbitant, while the location of the station is also said to be unreasonable. They assert that the station should be placed on the new detour instead of on the existing highway. Their objection began on social media in mid-July, a few weeks before the official opening of the road project in August. The situation got out of control on the evening of August 13 when hundreds of drivers did the same thing, causing serious congestion in the area. Many commuters have expressed their disagreement by paying the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - As the owner of a hospital, securities company, bank and large properties, Tram Be, the banking tycoon, and his family amassed a huge fortune until the day he was arrested. The police on August 1 issued a decision to prosecute and arrest Tram Be, former vice chair of Sacombank, for ‘deliberately violating State regulations on economic management, causing severe consequences’.  He was accused of helping Pham Cong Danh, VNCB’s former Chairman, steal VND1.8 trillion ($79.2 million) from the Vietnam Construction Bank. Be was famous for his wealth before the arrest. He held 27.6 million Sacombank shares (STB) which had market value of VND352 billion, and 2.65 million Binh Chanh Construction Company’s (BCI) shares, worth VND77.3 billion. Be held the post of deputy chair of the Phuong Nam Gold, Silver and Gemstone Company (NJC) which has charter capital of VND450 billion. He was also a member of the board of directors of private Trieu An General Hospital. As the owner of a hospital, securities company, bank and large properties, Tram Be, the banking tycoon, and his family amassed a huge fortune until the day he was arrested. Be’s sons and daughter are also holding huge assets. The eldest son Tram Trong Ngan now holds 89.18 million Sacombank shares worth VND1.141 trillion. The second son Tram Khai Hoa has Sacombank shares worth VND427 billion. Tram Thuyet Kieu, the daughter, has VND346 billion worth of Sacombank shares. Kieu also holds 5 million NJC shares. However, as the company doesn’t list…... [read more]

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Locals in the southern city of Can Tho were shocked to see a man climb up a rooftop in Phong Dien District on Friday morning. The man, believed to be around 30 years old, then proceeded to babble, sing and dance as he walked back and forth on the inclined roof. Local authorities provided him with a ladder and tried to persuade him to come down. However, the man responded by picking up roof tiles and throwing them at the people below. Authorities also shut down electricity in the area and evacuated residents of the house he was walking on to ensure his safety. The man eventually climbed down himself after spending nearly 10 hours on the roof, and police immediately detained him. The man climbed down after nearly 10 hours on the roof. Photo by VnExpress/Cuu Long. “We suspect he's under the influence of drugs,” a police officer said. In May, a 28-year-old drug user climbed a power pole in Hanoi and refused to come down. In April, a 23-year-old man also spent hours walking on a power cable in Ho Chi Minh City while under the influence of drugs. Both men were eventually rescued and reached the ground safely.... [read more]

Emaciated body, urinating and defecating onto the floor… His father, Trịnh Nam Khoa stays by him all day and night, not thinking of leaving him for a while for tens of years now. He himself is not well enough to work. Đạt’s grandfather was a former soldier. He died of cancer in 1998. His parents had no idea of Agent Orange until Đạt was diagnosed cerebral palsy. The faith of the children in AO victim families has been decided 56 years ago. However, until now there has not been any specific policy designated for the third generation victims. Between 1961-1971, US troops sprayed some 80 million liters of defoliants over southern Vietnam, 44 million liters of which were Agent Orange. The later contained a total of nearly 370 kilograms of dioxin, the most poisonous toxin people have ever known. As many as 4.8 million Vietnamese people are exposed to AO/dioxin, of whom over 3 million are victims and hundreds of thousands of children are in the third and fourth generations. The agony lasts from generations to generations, bringing along the silent pain. The move of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs is imperative to pay tribute to generations of people who devoted themselves for the independence of the nation.... [read more]




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