HCMC – The HCMC police have charged 65 suspects with drug trafficking as they have been expanding a probe into a case in which four Vietnam Airlines flight attendants were used to transport about 11kg of illicit drugs from France to Vietnam in mid-March.
The suspects allegedly belong to 22 separate cases in connection with a large-scale transnational drug smuggling ring, a source close to the investigation told the local media, adding that the details of the probe will soon be released.
The police have seized around 50 kilograms of illicit drugs so far.
The four flight attendants were taken into custody as the drugs were found hidden in toothpaste tubes in their carry-on bags.
The HCMC police then decided to release the four as the police found no grounds to file criminal charges against them.
The attendants were unaware that banned substances were hidden in the boxes of toothpaste tubes they were carrying, the police said in a statement.