Synthetic drug spread in East, South-East Asia discussed

The event, held by the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM), aims to help judges, investigators and inspectors get up-to-date information on drug trafficking in the Southeast Asian region so that they can take effective measures against drug-related crimes. Delegates from Vietnam, France, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, China, Thailand, and the Republic of Korea (RoK) stressed the need to boost international cooperation in combating organised drug trafficking rings. Bui Son Cuong, a representative from the Vietnam People's Supreme Court, said that thousands of drug-related cases have been detected in recent years, including several that involved foreign nationals. Cross-border drug trafficking has become a thorny problem that requires joint efforts by Vietnamese and international forces to stamp out the social evil. According to OICS, an international drug control organisation, Southeast Asia is among one of the hot spots for drug traffickers who illegally trade and process heroin and narcotics.... [read more]

The signatories were Tay Ninh Provincial People’s Committee Vice Chairman Tran Luu Quang and the Deputy Governor of Cambodian provinces Kam Pong Cham and Svay Rieng. The six agreed-upon spheres of cooperation for 2014 focus on implementing the 2000 anti-drug and drug precursor trafficking action plan as well as increasing operational efficiency at the Moc Bai-Bavet and Xamat-Treapeng Phlong international border gates. Both sides have committed to close collaboration in information collection and collation, criminal investigations, and enforcement actions. Vice Chairman Quang noted that from October 2011 to October 2013, the combined forces of the three Vietnamese and Cambodian provinces tried 16 cases, prosecuted 22 traffickers, and seized 21,435 kg of drugs (including 1,118 kg of heroin).... [read more]

Police in northwest Son La Province, which borders Laos to the west, on May 4 reported that they had found a drug trafficking group and surrounded them in Chieng Xuan Commune, Van Ho District, at 8:40 pm on May 3. After finding themselves besieged, the drug traffickers repeatedly opened fire on police officers. Police then shot back at the group and killed one of them. Taking advantage of the dark and complicated terrain, the drug traffickers tried to withdraw to Laos while still shooting at police. They finally retreated, leaving behind four military-grade guns, 85 rounds of ammunition, and 10 backpacks that contained 160 bricks of heroin weighing about 56kg. During a gunfire exchange, police killed one drug trafficker, seized 40 bricks of heroin, a K59 gun, an AK assault rifle, and 39 bullets. In late December 2014, Son La border guards also caught a Laotian woman and her two Vietnamese accomplices in a cross-border drug trafficking case. The woman, whose name is translated into Vietnamese as Tenh Thi Sao, was discovered carrying 780 synthetic drug tablets on a motorbike from Laos to Son La’s Yen Chau District on December 25, 2014. Sao told the team that two Vietnamese men had hired her to transport the drugs from Laos to deliver to them in Vietnam. From the woman’s testimony, the team captured Luong Van Cam, 44, and Luong Van Cuong, 26, both residing in Son La’s Thuan Chau District.... [read more]

He praised the officials and staff of the station for their achievements in defending national border security and developing good relations with local people and those from Laos. He asked them to build on their achievements and help local people stabilise their lives while strengthening Party organisations at a grassroots level. Located in Na U commune, the station is assigned to defend the 24km borderline with Laos and this stretch of land acts as a hotbed of cross-border drug trafficking activities. Therefore, the President asked the station to encourage local people to defend the borderline and landmarks and prevent drug trafficking activities by creating steady jobs and higher incomes for them. The same day, the President worked with the provincial People’s Court on the implementation of the Party’s Political Bureau’s Resolution on judicial reform. On March 17, Mr Triet paid a floral tribute to the War Martyr Monument on Hill A 1 and visited several historical relics in Dien Bien city.... [read more]

Their officials signed an agreement on the issue at a meeting in the southern Vietnamese province on December 16. Accordingly, the four provinces will continue exchanging information about drug crime and enhancing cooperation between their drug control forces in investigating and fighting drug trafficking rings. They will also direct their subordinate locales along the border to convene meetings every six months between districts and every quarter between communes. The sides agreed to work with relevant agencies to step up educating local people about adhering to each country’s laws and customs. They are going to work more closely to swiftly handle emerging issues and create favourable conditions for drug prevention and control activities. In recent years, the relevant forces of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian provinces have maintained regular meetings, promptly exchanged information and discussed cooperation measures to combat drug crime. From 2014 to September 2016, Tay Ninh’s authorised forces uncovered and took legal action in 41 cross-border drug trafficking cases and against 77 suspects involved. They seized more than 30.4kg of heroin and 2,653 synthetic drug pills.... [read more]

Tay Ninh (VNA) - Tay Ninh province and its nearby Cambodian provinces of SvayRieng, TboungKhmum and Prey Veng are set to press on with cooperation to prevent cross-border drug trafficking in 2017. Their officials signed an agreement on the issue at a meeting in the southern province of Vietnam on December 16. Accordingly, the four provinces will continue exchanging information about drug-related crimes and enhancing cooperation between their drug control forces in investigating and fighting drug trafficking rings. They will also direct their subordinate localities along the borderline to convene meetings every six months between districts and every quarter between communes. The sides agreed to work with relevant agencies to step up educating local people about adhering to each country's law and customs. They are going to work closer to swiftly handle emerging issues and create favourable conditions for drug prevention and control activities. In recent years, relevant forces of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian provinces have maintained regular meetings, promptly exchanged information and discussed cooperation measures to combat drug crimes. From 2014 to September 2016, Tay Ninh's authorised forces uncovered and took legal proceedings against 41 cross-border drug trafficking cases and 77 suspects involved. They seized more than 30.4kg of heroin and 2,653 synthetic drug pills.-VNA... [read more]

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia agreed to work closely together to fight drug crimes, said a joint statement adopted at the closing session of their 16th Tripartite and Bipartite Ministerial Conference on Drug Prevention and Control in Phnom Penh on December 7. The statement underlined the importance of information sharing and coordination in investigation and arrest of criminals engaging in the illegal trading and transport of drugs and drug precursors across the border, with a focus on cracking down on facilities making synthetic drugs. At the conference, participants shared the view that heroin, synthetic drugs and amphetamine-type stimulants are posing mounting challenges to the global fight against drug and threatening security, health and the well-being of the people, especially youths, in the three countries and the region in general. Representatives from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia committed priority to measures to effectively combat cross-border drug trafficking, improve the working efficiency of the Border Liaison Office and the capacity of concerned agencies. Relevant agencies will join hands to organize public awareness campaigns on the danger of drug and related crimes, especially in border areas, as well as build drug-free and crime-free residential areas, contributing to building a borderline of peace and friendship. The three countries will make efforts to implement the Vision 2015 and fulfill the goal of protecting the ASEAN Community from drug for the 2016-2025 period, and build a drug-free ASEAN Community after 2015, which is also a goal of high priority. Together with other member states,…... [read more]

The statement underlined the importance of information sharing and coordination in the investigation and arrest of criminals engaging in the illegal trade and transport of drugs and drug precursors across the border, with a focus on cracking down on facilities making synthetic drugs. At the conference, participants shared the view that heroin, synthetic drugs and amphetamine-type stimulants are posing mounting challenges to the global fight against drugs and threatening security, health and the well-being of the people, especially youths, in the three countries and the region in general. Representatives from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia gave priority to measures to effectively combat cross-border drug trafficking and improve the working efficiency of the Border Liaison Office and the capacity of concerned agencies. Relevant agencies will join hands to organise public awareness campaigns on the danger of drugs and related crimes, especially in border areas, as well as to build drug-free and crime-free residential areas, contributing to building a border of peace and friendship. The three countries will make efforts to implement Vision 2015 and fulfill the goal of protecting the ASEAN Community from drugs in the 2016-2025 period, and build a drug-free ASEAN Community, which is also a high-priority goal. Together with other member states, they will implement the ninth Plan of Action on Drug Prevention and Control in the Greater Mekong Subregion, focusing on enforcing laws, reducing demand for drugs and HIV/AIDS infections and pooling resources for the effort. Deputy Director of Vietnam’s General Department of Police, Lt. Gen. Dong Dai…... [read more]

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong led a Vietnamese delegations comprising of border guards, customs and police officials to join the 16th Tripartite and Bipartite Ministerial Conference of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos on Drug Prevention and Control that opened in Phnom Penh on December 6. Opening the event, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Committee on Anti-Drug Ke Kim Yan lauded the close coordination among the three countries in fighting cross-border drug trafficking. As drug production and trafficking in the region and the globe still remained complicated and showed no signs of decline, he called for stronger cooperation among the three countries for the success of the fight against drugs in each country. He suggested participants discuss measures to forge stronger partnership in combating cross-border drug-related crimes and strengthen communications among the community, especially in border localities, as well as ways to increase the treatment and rehabilitation services for drug addicts, reinforce drug control mechanisms and improve cooperation with other ASEAN countries in the field. Speaking at the event, Lieutenant General Dong Dai Loc, deputy head of the Police General Department, said that in the first nine months of this year, a large amount of drugs were trafficked to Vietnam with many new types, including XLR-11 drug, a kind of drug soaked in vegetations. Vietnamese authorities at central and local levels have worked closely in combating drugs, anti-drug communications, detoxification and the management of legal activities involving drug precursor, he said.…... [read more]

PANO – Representatives of Gia Lai province and Stung Treng province of Cambodia on November 29 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on socio-economic cooperation in Pleiku City. The two sides focused discussion on a series of important contents, such as implementing cooperation based on the agreements between Vietnam and Cambodia in the principle of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit; and strengthening cooperation on tourism development in two provinces. Accordingly, the two sides will support each other in investment projects on agriculture; industrial crops and agricultural product processing industry with high quality and techniques. The two sides agreed to help each other in agricultural technology, agro-processing; collaboration in fighting crime, terrorism, human trafficking; as well as prevention of cross-border drug trafficking. Representatives of Stung Treng province committed to support Gia Lai province on gathering, searching and repatriating remains of martyrs of Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia. The memorandum will foster the traditional friendship, cooperation, and mutual assistance between two provinces; as well as tighten the solidarity between the Vietnam and Cambodia. Translated by Lam Anh... [read more]




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