The border guard force of the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on June 18 afternoon handed over three traffickers of crystal meth to the provincial police. (Source: VNA)

Kon Tum (VNA) – The border guard force of the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on June 18 afternoon handed over three traffickers of crystal meth to the provincial police.

43-year-old Thao Loi, 34-year-old A Nhe and 39-year-old A Tuyen, all from Bo Y commune, Ngoc Hoi district, were arrested at Hai Van Hotel in Plei Kan town, Ngoc Hoi district while trafficking 1kg of crystal meth earlier the same day.

This is the largest amount of crystal meth seized by the border guard force in the province.

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.-VNA