Vietnam, Cambodia cooperate in combating drug-related crimes

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.

Under the MoU, the two sides will make joint efforts in combating the transport and trade of drugs following an action plan ratified by the Vietnamese and Cambodian governments on March 14, 2003.

Inspections will be intensified at Cambodian-Vietnamese border crossings, including Moc Bai-Bavet and Xa Mat-Tapeng Plong, while information on drug trafficking will be updated to help agencies deal with any violations. Local residents are also encouraged to provide information on drug-related crimes so police can investigate promptly.

Since 2009, 25 drug traffickers involved in ten cases were caught along Cambodian and Vietnam’s shared border, with police seizing more than 2.787 kilos of heroin and 4.93 kilos of ecstasy.