The customs division at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport was rewarded at a ceremony on June 20 in recognition of its discovery of multiple drug and arms smuggling. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– The customs division at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City was rewarded by the city authorities on June 20 in recognition of its discovery of multiple drug and arms smuggling.

The airport customs division has uncovered thirteen cases of drug smuggling and illegal arms transport at airport from April to early June.

Seven drug smuggling cases have been detected with 1.1 tonnes of ‘khat’ leaves containing cathinone from Africa, over 2.7 kilograms of heroin, 2.58 kilograms of methamphetamine and two kilograms of cocaine confiscated.

The latest case on June 9 involved a South African national, 32, on a flight from the Qatar’s capital city of Doha to Tan Son Nhat Airport. He was hired to illegally transport 1.7 kilograms of cocaine for 3,500 USD.

In addition, it has caught six cases of illegal small arms transport, seizing 11 handguns, an air-gun, a crossbow, 23,550 bullets, two vials of tear gas and spare parts of guns.-VNA