Police of Vietnam and Laos held a conference on April 26 to review a plan on fighting drug crimes along the border section between Vietnam’s Son La province and Laos’s Houaphan province.
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 police and relevant agencies of Ho Chi Minh City have intensified crackdowns on drug crimes this year, seizing a large volume of drugs, including 10kg of heroin and over 110kg of synthetic drugs in the last ten months.
The northern mountainous province of Son La and northern Lao provinces on March 29 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening cooperation in preventing and combating cross-border drug crimes.
Hanoi’s police and customs forces have stepped up their fight against drug crimes since the beginning of this year as international criminal rings increase drug transport to the capital by air.
A joint statement on enhancing cooperation in preventing and fighting drugs among Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia was signed at the closing ceremony of their 15th ministerial meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10.
Hanoi’s anti-drug police forces are concentrating their efforts on preventing drugs from entering the capital, according to the municipal police.
A conference between high-ranking officials of nations along the Mekong River was held in Hanoi on May 19 to discuss cooperation in combating drug smuggling.
Vietnam and China destroyed 1,000 kilograms of illegal drugs in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in a joint anti-drug campaign on March 10.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Indian Embassy in Vietnam should work more closely in combating cyber and drug crimes and join efforts to strengthen the growing links between the two nations.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged more drastic efforts to fight drug crimes, while improving drug detoxification programmes.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on fighting drug-related crimes along shared border areas was signed on October 26 between Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province and the Cambodian provinces of Kom Pong Cham and Svay rieng.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security in coordination with the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office of the Republic of Korea (RoK) on December 15 signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing the Asia-Pacific Information and Coordination Centre for preventing and combating drug crimes (APICC).
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and the Border Guards met with their Laotian counterparts to step up cooperation in the combat against drug crimes on September 28.