Police in Vietnam say they have smashed two rings responsible for trafficking some 350 kg of heroin from Cambodia, according to The Associated Press.
The smuggling rings were allegedly responsible for about half of all the heroin in Ho Chi Minh City, the AP reported, quoting the state-run newspaper Saigon Giai Phong, or Liberated Saigon.
The report said authorities arrested 20 suspects and seized 20 kg of heroin—with a street value of some $8 million—in a sting from mid-April to early June, but did not specify the suspects’ nationalities. Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Wednesday Cambodian authorities had not officially cooperated in the bust, but were committed to busting the heroin network here.
“We are happy to receive this information and ready to cooperate with Vietnamese authorities to find the root of the people trafficking this heroin,” he said Wednesday.
Cambodia is a known trafficking route for heroin produced in the Golden Triangle region and then smuggled throughout Southeast Asia and other parts of the globe.
Two drug hauls linked to Cambodia last year prompted a flurry of arrests in October, including the detention of RCAF Major General Dom Hak in connection to the discovery of 35 kg of heroin and amphetamines at a Tuol Kok district residence.
Five Sihanoukville port customs officials were also arrested that month with alleged ties to a 24-kg haul of heroin stashed in a load of fish paste and transported early last year through the port city to Australia. Dom Hak and the five officials were later released without charge.