Drug Enforcement Team, Hanoi Customs Department: Stopping drug trafficking by air

VCN - Among 140 collectives and individuals honoured with advanced examples on the national anti-drug front, the Drug Enforcement Team (Hanoi Customs Department) was one of the four honoured collectives. The unit is also the core contributor to the overall achievements of the Hanoi Customs Department on the "hot" front, successfully breaking many large-scale transnational drug projects, arresting suspects and seizing infringing goods.
Ha Tinh Customs: Coordinating to solve five cases, seizing a large amount of drugs Ha Tinh Customs: Coordinating to solve five cases, seizing a large amount of drugs
Lao Cai Customs seizes 9kg of drugs Lao Cai Customs seizes 9kg of drugs
HCM City Customs arrest drug export gang ringleader HCM City Customs arrest drug export gang ringleader
Nearly 20 kg of drugs disguised under cover of beer cans were discovered by Hanoi Customs
Nearly 20 kg of drugs disguised under cover of beer cans were discovered by Hanoi Customs

Close cooperation to achieve success

Air and express delivery are recently emerging as complex routes for drug trafficking, especially at international airports such as Noi Bai (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat (HCMC).

Smugglers have taken advantage of express delivery and international transportation by air through the airport border gate or post to illegally bring drugs from abroad to Vietnam.

Especially from early 2022, by profiling, Hanoi Customs Department has received many sources of information about many county lines from Europe and America to Hanoi, Vietnam by air, through Noi Bai international airport border gate, forwarded to My Dinh, Gia Thuy checkpoints under Hanoi North Customs Branch, Gia Thuy Customs Branch and then the goods are delivered in many places in the country.

Faced with that situation, the Hanoi Customs Department has proactively established special cases to fight against drug trafficking from abroad to Vietnam. Hanoi Customs has assumed the prime responsibility and coordinated with: The drug-related Crime Investigation Police Department (C04), Drug-related Crime Investigation Police Division, Hanoi City Police (PC04); Northern Region Anti-Smuggling Enforcement Team (Team 5), Southern Region Anti-Smuggling Enforcement Team (Team 6) under the General Department of Customs and relevant units to build fighting plans. Accordingly, the competent authorities destroyed many drug trafficking cases from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Americas, Hanoi, and Vietnam.

Deputy Director of Hanoi Customs Department Nguyen Truong Giang said that to make a breakthrough in the fight against drug crimes, the Customs has taken many measures, such as collecting information from the inland country and abroad on acts and tricks of concealing drugs. Especially in personnel work, the customs have arranged well-experienced officials in key stages and physical inspection of goods at the border gate; regularly coordinated with other authorities to warn of new tricks. At the same time, the specialized drug enforcement force has actively collected information, established special projects, and coordinated with the police to promptly arrest domestic and foreign suspects and gangs.

The outstanding mark of the Drug Enforcement Team, in particular, and the Hanoi Customs Department, is the Special Project HC422 presided over by the Hanoi Customs Department. At the beginning of April 2022, Hanoi Customs established a special project to combat crimes of drug trafficking from Europe to Vietnam in collaboration with: C04, Team 5 under the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department and related units.

The competent authorities discovered suspicious signs for a shipment from Germany sent to Bim Son, Thanh Hoa, so they organized reconnaissance, investigation and research activities to grasp the situation. The HC422 Special Committee successfully strengthened forces to solve the case in April 2022, arrested and prosecuted two persons, and seized 16,538 kg of MDMA synthetic drugs.

The outstanding special project is HC522, chaired by Hanoi Customs Department. This is a special project with the close coordination of the Customs and Police, breaking down the drug gangs in many provinces and cities, seizing many narcotics and arresting many suspects. On May 13, 2022, in Da Nang, Quang Binh, the authorities arrested three suspects (including one leading foreign supplier) and seized 3.2 kg of MDMA synthetic drugs; on May 13, in Ho Chi Minh City, the authorities arrested five suspects and seized 25kg of MDMA synthetic drugs; on May 27 in Ho Chi Minh City the authorities arrested two suspects and seized 15kg of MDMA synthetic drugs; On May 30, in Ho Chi Minh City, the authorities arrested two suspects and seized 2kg of MDMA synthetic drugs.

Resolutely fight against drug crime

Following the success, Hanoi Customs Department achieved many remarkable results in the fight against drug crimes. The typical is the success of Project HP323. On February 20, 2023, the Drug Enforcement Team coordinated with PC04 of Hanoi City Police; Noi Bai International Airport Customs Branch; Team 5 under the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department; and related forces to inspect six consignments. As a result, the authorities discovered 101.000 grams of MDMA synthetic drug and about 7.000 grams of Ketamin in plastic bags labelled with brands of confectionery, flour and coffee sent from Poland to Hanoi, Vietnam. One was arrested.

On May 4, 2023, in Long Hung commune, Van Giang district, Hung Yen province, the Drug Enforcement Team presided over and coordinated with PC04- Hanoi City Police; Police of Long Hung, Van Giang, Hung Yen communes to check six packages and identified infringing goods hidden in 80 beer cans, packed in two white plastic bags inside two black plastic bags sent from the Netherlands to Hanoi. The infringing goods included about 14,602 grams of MDMA synthetic drugs; about 5,282 grams of Ketamine; two suspected were arrested.

According to the leader of the Hanoi Customs Department, the fighting against drug crimes is always closely guided by the leaders at all levels, as well as supported by close coordination between the Hanoi Customs and C04 and the police agencies of many provinces and cities, thereby jointly establishing many victories, affirming the leading role of the Customs force on the front of drug prevention and control.

By Ngoc Linh/ Huyen Trang

Related News

Vietnam Customs to host 33rd ASEAN Directors-General of Customs Meeting

Vietnam Customs to host 33rd ASEAN Directors-General of Customs Meeting

VCN – Vietnam Customs will host the 33rd ASEAN Directors-General of Customs Meeting (ADGCM) from June 4-6 in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang province. 10 Customs delegations from ASEAN member States will participate in the meeting.
Cau Treo Customs - Border Guard forces seize 4 kg of gold illegally transported across border gate

Cau Treo Customs - Border Guard forces seize 4 kg of gold illegally transported across border gate

VCN – Customs – Border Guard forces have arrested four suspects for illegally transport of four kg of gold across Cau Treo International Border Gate.
90,000 liters of DO oil seized by Customs and Coast Guard forces

90,000 liters of DO oil seized by Customs and Coast Guard forces

VCN - VCN - Fleet 3 of the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department- the General Department of Vietnam, Coast Guard Region 3 Command and the working group of Reconnaissance Group No. 2, Coast Guard Command have seized a ship for illegal transport of 90,000 liters of DO oil.
Quang Ninh: Administrative reform, improving infrastructure, promoting import and export

Quang Ninh: Administrative reform, improving infrastructure, promoting import and export

VCN - Import-export activities through border gates in Quang Ninh province have prospered thanks to the implementation of accompanying solutions to support businesses and the determination and efforts of authorities at all levels.

Latest News

Drastically combat gold smuggling

Drastically combat gold smuggling

VCN – The Customs industry has closely managed customs control area, contributing to ensuring stability and safety of the gold market, protecting consumers, and preventing the state revenue.
Particularly large "drug factories" appear near Golden Triangle

Particularly large "drug factories" appear near Golden Triangle

VCN - Conference on professional plan No. 3632 on preventing and fighting drug crimes on the Northern Central - Central Highlands route (plan 3632 to be implemented from August 2021), by the Police Department of Drug-related Crimes Investigation (Ministry of Public Security) held on May 21, 2024 in Dak Lak.
Counterfeit goods, intellectual property infringements hurt local market

Counterfeit goods, intellectual property infringements hurt local market

Protecting the brand not only helps businesses prevent counterfeit goods but also increases the brand value in relationships with partners and customers, experts said.
Prevent criminals from “bogus” businesses

Prevent criminals from “bogus” businesses

VCN – To illegally transport currency abroad and issue illegal invoices, and import tax-evading goods, suspects have established dozens, even hundreds of “bogus” businesses to hide crime.

More News

Many challenges in preventing and combating drugs through express and postal delivery

Many challenges in preventing and combating drugs through express and postal delivery

VCN - Postal and express delivery routes have the advantage of fast, safe and time-saving transportation, procedures for sending goods through express delivery service companies are very simple... Therefore, drugs traffickers always try to mix drugs with goods through this form of transportation.
Intellectual property management is significantly improved

Intellectual property management is significantly improved

VCN - In 2023, motivated by great efforts of ministries, branches and law enforcement agencies, the Coordinated Action Program to prevent intellectual property infringement phase III (2019- 2023 referred to as Program 168 Phase III) continues to achieve positive results.
Fighting smuggling on the Southwest border has no end in sight

Fighting smuggling on the Southwest border has no end in sight

VCN - According to the assessment of the competent forces, smuggling activities and illegal transportation of goods across the Southwest border, although not creating hot spots, tend to develop in a complicated manner.
Why director of Saigon Port Import-Export and Services JSC suspended from exit?

Why director of Saigon Port Import-Export and Services JSC suspended from exit?

VCN - Ms. Luong Tieu Tran, born in 1979, Director of Saigon Port Import-Export and Services JSC, was temporarily suspended from leaving the country from May 14, 2024.
Why  antiquities importers proposed to be criminally prosecuted?

Why antiquities importers proposed to be criminally prosecuted?

VCN - The case of containers of antiques over 100 years old, dating from the 18th to the 20th century, seized by the Saigon Port Zone 4 Customs Branch (HCMC Customs Department), has just been transferred to the Police Investigation Agency (HCMC Police) for investigation.
Customs takes drastic measures to prevent gold and foreign currency smuggling

Customs takes drastic measures to prevent gold and foreign currency smuggling

VCN – The General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) has requested the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department and relevant units to actively and strictly control and handle gold and foreign currency smuggling across borders.
Fighting against smuggling and illegal trading of gold

Fighting against smuggling and illegal trading of gold

VCN - The Ministry of Finance has issued a telegram requesting the General Department of Customs and the General Department of Taxation to strengthen management and supervision measures to prevent smuggling and illegal g trading of gold.
Vicohn Biopharmaceutical Company Limited forced to suspend customs procedures for tax evasion

Vicohn Biopharmaceutical Company Limited forced to suspend customs procedures for tax evasion

VCN - Vicohn Biopharmaceutical Company Limited has been enforced to suspend customs procedures for tax debt of about VND 6 billion.
Establishing a "shell corporation" to transport drugs across the border

Establishing a "shell corporation" to transport drugs across the border

VCN - The transnational drug related crime situation continues to have many complicated developments. Notably, subjects sought to set up "shell corporation" to illegally produce and transport drugs.
Read More

Your care

Latest Most read
Drastically combat gold smuggling

Drastically combat gold smuggling

VCN - The Minister requires to focus on fighting cases of smuggling and illegal transportation of gold and foreign currency; strictly handle violations as per the provisions of law, especially the gold smuggling across the border.
Particularly large "drug factories" appear near Golden Triangle

Particularly large "drug factories" appear near Golden Triangle

VCN - Conference on professional plan No. 3632 on preventing and fighting drug crimes on the Northern Central - Central Highlands route (plan 3632 to be implemented from August 2021), by the Police Department of Drug-related Crimes Investigation (Ministry
Counterfeit goods, intellectual property infringements hurt local market

Counterfeit goods, intellectual property infringements hurt local market

Protecting the brand not only helps businesses prevent counterfeit goods but also increases the brand value in relationships with partners and customers, experts said.
Prevent criminals from “bogus” businesses

Prevent criminals from “bogus” businesses

VCN - To effectively overcome the situation of "ghost" businesses, the Ministry of Finance said that currently, the national population data information system and developed information technology have allowed fingerprint authentication in processing admi
90,000 liters of DO oil seized by Customs and Coast Guard forces

90,000 liters of DO oil seized by Customs and Coast Guard forces

VCN - At the time of inspection, there were four crew members on the ship transporting 90,000 liters of DO oil without invoices or documents proving legal origin.
Mobile Version