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Force in charge of drug prevention and combat in the Customs sector

11:15 | 16/12/2021

VCN – On December 4, the Government issued Decree 105/2021 regulating and guiding the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Drug Prevention and Control, which is applied to agencies, organizations and individuals involved in the prevention and combat of drug-related crimes; and covers legal drug-related activities and illegal drug users. The Decree includes six chapters and 59 articles, and will take effect from January 1, 2022.

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Force in charge of drug prevention and combat in the Customs sector
Lao Cai Customs seizes 180,000 tablets of synthetic drug tablets and about 1 kg of white crystals suspected of being methamphetamine at end-November 2021.

The decree provides regulations on agencies in charge of preventing and combating drug-related crimes.

Accordingly, agencies specializing in drug-related crime prevention and control include Police, Border Guard, Coast Guard and Customs.

The agency in charge of drug-related crime prevention and control under the People's Police includes: Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes; Investigation Police Division on Drug-related Crimes of provinces and centrally run cities; Investigation Police Team on Drug-related Crimes of districts, towns, provincial cities and centrally run cities.

The agency in charge of drug-related crime prevention and control of the Border Guard includes: Department of Drugs and Crime Prevention and Control; Special Task Force for Drug and Crime Prevention and Control; Division on Drug and Crime Prevention and Control; Special Task Force for Drug and Crime Prevention and Control under the provincial and municipal Command of Border Guards; Drugs and Crime Prevention and Control Teams of Border Guard Stations; Coast Guard Squadron.

The agency specializing in drug-related crime prevention and control under the Coast Guard includes: Department of Professional Affairs and Law, and Task Forces for Drug-related crime prevention and combat under the Coast Guard Command; Division on Drug-related crime prevention and control under the Coast Guard Regions.

The agencies in charge of drug-related crime prevention and control under the General Department of Vietnam Customs are: the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department under the General Department of Customs; the Anti-drug Enforcement Team (or the Customs Enforcement Team) under provincial, interprovincial and municipal customs departments; Drug Enforcement Team under Border Gate Customs Branch.

According to the Anti Smuggling and Investigation Department, end-November, the Customs sector tackled 211 drug-related cases, arrested 199 suspects; seized over 90kg of infringing goods and 27 packages of heroin, over 700kg of cannabis, about 400kg and 218,686 tablets of synthetic drugs.

By Thai Binh/Ngoc Loan

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