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Border guards seize 1.7 tons of illicit drugs in 2021

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Border guards busted over 1,000 drug trafficking rings and confiscated 1.7 tons of illicit drugs of all kinds in 2021.

Besides, more than 1,400 traffickers were arrested last year, the Vietnam Border Guard told a press briefing in HCMC today, February 22.

Speaking at the press conference, Major General Nguyen Hoai Phuong, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam Border Guard, said that last year, despite the Covid pandemic, thousands of border guards were mobilized to work and tighten control at the border gates, borderlines and paths to prevent the illegal import of goods, mainly illicit drugs.

Major General Phuong said that the prices of illegal drugs would soar by 100-200-fold after they were transported to a third country. As such, drugs are transported to Vietnam to be shipped to South Korea and Australia and then to the United States.

Major General Phuong expected press agencies to continue covering the operations of border guards in the fight against crime and smuggling to prevent drug trafficking rings effectively, the local media reported.

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