Customs launches action month for drug prevention and control 2020

VCN- Following direction of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the implementation of the National action month for drug prevention and control from June 1 to 30 and All people fight against Drugs Day with the theme “Promote spirit of prevention and battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, take action for the community without drugs”, the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) has launched anaction month for drug prevention and control in 2020.
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To implement it effectively, the GDVC has requested units to workwith local government, relevant organizations and sectors to publicise the Party’s policies and State’s laws on drug prevention and control and the consequences and harms of drugs to raise awareness, vigilance and self-denunciation of crimes for people in the area about prevention and fight against drug-related crimes in border areas and border gates.

At the same time, to continue implementing the directions on drug prevention and control of the Politburo, the Government and the Ministry of Finance; strictly implement directives, plans and official letters on strengthening the prevention and fight against drug transportation on means of transport across the Vietnam-Laos and Vietnam Cambodia border gates.

The GDVC also askedthe units to strengthen the implementation of drug prevention and control through carrying out customs procedures, especially in inspection, supervision and control ofimport and export goods, means of transport on exit, entry and in transit at check points to detect those engaged in the trafficking and transportation of drugs across border gates.

Perform synchronously customs supervision measures, enhance domestic and foreign information collection and analysis, investigation and verification for suspects and means of transport related to trafficking and transportation of drug and precursor substances to make plans and tackle drug trafficking and transportation in customs control areas.

The GDVC has asked units to closely inspect and supervise import-export activities, transportation and transit of precursor substances, addictive substances andpsychotropic substances, especially in the processing zone and industrial park,focusingon inspecting in customs control area. Performance must ensure the compliance with provisions of the law and not cause troubles to import and export activities of enterprises.

For municipal and provincial customs departments, the GDVC has assigned the Anti-drug Enforcement Team or Customs Enforcement Team to advise leaders of the departments to develop and deploy effectively the action month. Strengthen the use of sniffing dogs andspecialised equipment to check goods, luggage and vehicles across border gates and deploy drug prevention through the implementation of customs procedures. Of which, focus on inspecting, supervising and monitoring import-export goods, vehicles on exit, entry and in transit in customs check point to detect and arrest cases of drug trafficking and transportation across border gates.

The GDVC has requested municipal and provincial customs departments grasp the situation, collect documents and combat illegal trafficking and transporting drugs suspects and precursor substances across border gates. Especially, strengthen strict analysis, screening, detection and control for unusual transactions in import, export and temporary import for the export of goods. In addition, it is necessary to coordinate with police, border guards, coast guard and other agencies to effectively implement the plan.

The GDVC requests the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department direct its subordinate units to grasp the situation, monitor targeted areas, collect and handle information on drug crimes. Closely coordinate with specialized units of municipal and provincial customs department and competent forces to detect cases of drug smuggling and transportation across border gates.

In addition, regularly coordinate and discuss with forces of police, border guards, international organisations and other countries that have regular relationships to understand the situation, methods and tricks of drug-related crimes.

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