In April this year, Quang Binh’s border guard force, in coordination with the security forces of Laos’ Khammoune province, stopped three Lao nationals who were transporting 24,000 synthetic drug pills by motorbike. They said they intended to bring the drug to Vietnam for sale.
More recently, on June 15, authorised forces of Quang Binh and Khammoune provinces caught a Lao national at Cha Lo international border gate, who was carrying 47,727 synthetic drug pills from Laos to Vietnam.
At the award presentation ceremony on June 19, Chairman of the Quang Binh People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Hoai urged the border guard force to continue cooperate with Lao counterparts to timely detect and foil the illegal transport and trade of drug, thus maintaining peace and order in the Vietnam-Laos border area.
According to the Vietnam National Committee for Prevention and Control of AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution, there are about 2,300 drug hotspots across the country.
Reports from localities showed that as of November 15, 2017, the number of documented drug addicts was 22,582, up 11,831 people from 2016. Between 2017 and March 2018, 13 ha of opium poppy plantation were discovered and destroyed.
In 2017, police investigated 22,346 drug cases, arrested 34,494 suspects, and seized 906.7 kg of heroin and 979,487 synthetic drug pills, among other drugs.