Increasing drug-related crimes at sea

VCN – The issue of drug-related crimes taking advantage of sea routes for trade and illegal transport is not new, but it has increased recently. Meanwhile, the work of competent forces still faces many difficulties.
4401-4505-8-0848-csb
The Coast Guard coordinated to arrest 2 persons transporting 14 kg of meth, 12,000 tablets of synthetic narcotics on January 18, 2021. Photo: Minh Tuấn

Increasing tricks

According to the assessments of competent forces, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, flights to other countries were interrupted, roads were strictly controlled to prevent the pandemic, leading to increased trading and transport of drugs at sea.

This was a route that international drug criminals often take advantage of for transporting drugs in large quantities. In particular, many cases of illegal transport of drugs in large quantities at sea such as: Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Da Nang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, were successfully handled by the Vietnam Coast Guard, Border Defence force, the police and the customs force.

Major General Tran Van Nam, Vice Commander of the Law of the Coast Guard, said that due to the impact of drug-related crimes in the region and the country, the diversity and advantages of sea transportation together with the high profits obtained from the illegal trade and transport of narcotics, the situation of drug-related crimes transported through sea areas in Vietnam has continued to be unpredictable.

Notably, at present, the suspects transporting drugs by sea often change their methods. The leader is usually a foreigner, associating with subjects in the "Golden Triangle" or "Golden Crescent" in order to form lines of illegal trading and transport of drugs to Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. In particular, the suspects often establish import-export companies as window dressing, renting warehouses in the central and southern provinces to gather drugs, using tricks and common goods for transporting drugs to other countries. Therefore, the struggle for expanding exploitation and arresting foreign leaders is very difficult.

Besides that, at present, the subjects are taking advantage of the sea to float drugs. This is a new form of drug transport that has recently been applied by the suspects in the southwest sea. Typically on March 20, 2020, fishermen in Phu Quoc island district (Kien Giang) lifted and handed over 20kg of synthetic drugs to the investigation agency; in the days from December 10-20, fishermen in Kien Giang province also lifted and handed over 70kg of drugs to the authorities in the waters of Tho Chau archipelago.

The Coast Guard has grasped thoroughtly the content, directing subordinate units to actively coordinate with competent forces to promote the fight and prevent the source of drugs from entering Vietnam via sea.

In cases of drugs drifting to the Vietnamese coast, the Vietnam Coast Guard actively sent letters to exchange and notify the situation and received positive feedback and high appreciation from the Coast Guard in the region.

Actively coordinating for hunting

To prevent drug-related crimes at sea, Major General Tran Van Nam said that the Coast Guard force has been coordinating with the Customs, Police and Border Defence forces to perform the task of grasping the situation, implementing synchronous professional measures, verifying and collecting documents on lines and groups of drug-related crimes transported across sea routes, establishing a specialised project, and thoroughly fighting.

Strengthening communication for letting people see clearly the methods of manipulating and operation of drug-related crimes, be vigilant to not participate, support and denounce crimes to authorities, especially fishermen participating in activities at sea.

Besides that, closely coordinating with the Police and Customs forces in supporting personnel with equipment and facilities in the fight to stop drug-related crime; cooperation in information exchange, investigation and verification of suspects participating in operating drug lines at sea; assisting in the inspection and control of foreign vehicles and boats entering Vietnamese waters that show signs of illegally transporting narcotics on key sea and international maritime routes.

Through international cooperation, the Coast Guard force will mobilise and effectively use the help of international organisations in drug prevention at sea. Implementing international commitments, especially for countries having contiguous sea areas, countries that have signed agreements, and memorandums of understanding on drug prevention.

In addition, to strengthen information exchange with the Coast Guard of other countries, at the same time advise the Ministry of National Defense on the contents and regulations on international cooperation in drug control at sea. Reviewing to advise ministries and sectors to submit to the Government and the National Assembly to promptly amend and supplement the provisions of the law that are overlapping in the direction of synchronisation and consistency with international law and the reality of the fight against drug-related crime in Vietnam.

By Nụ Bùi/Thanh Thuy

Related News

Hanoi Customs takes lead in drugs prevention

Hanoi Customs takes lead in drugs prevention

VCN - “Hanoi Customs Department has create their brand in the fight against drugs”, that was an affirmation of Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Hoang Viet Cuong at the conference on preliminarily review the work in the first half of 2024, task deployment in the last six month of 2024 held by Hanoi Customs on July 5th.
HCM City Customs warns on new method of drug trafficking

HCM City Customs warns on new method of drug trafficking

VCN - Through the work of information collection and analysis, the drugs enforcement unit grasped information about a foreign person who was trying to hook up other people in Vietnam to transport drug.
Hanoi Customs discovered and seized 539kg of drugs in the first half of 2024

Hanoi Customs discovered and seized 539kg of drugs in the first half of 2024

VCN - Leaders of Hanoi Customs Department informed at the online conference to preliminarily review the work of the first 6 months of the year, directions and solutions to implement the tasks in the last 6 months of 2024 of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, held on the morning of July 3.
Seizing the largest number of drugs ever transported via air

Seizing the largest number of drugs ever transported via air

VCN - The specialized project HP524 established by Hanoi Customs Department in coordination with PC04 – Hanoi Police City and North Hanoi Customs Branch has been closed. The competent force seized 179 kg of synthetic drugs MDMA that was the largest number of drugs ever transported via air.

Latest News

Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

VCN – A suspect hiding 1,167.08 grams of gold worth more than VND2.1 billion upon entry was arrested by Customs Enforcement Team at Lao Bao International Border Gate, Quang Tri province.
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transport and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transportation and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

VCN - The ARCADIA campaign on preventing and combating crimes related to the forestry sector is a campaign launched by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) with the participation of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The purpose is to detect and prevent illegal logging and trading activities and other crimes related to the forestry sector.

More News

Hanoi Customs detects many sophisticated tricks of hiding drugs

Hanoi Customs detects many sophisticated tricks of hiding drugs

VCN - In the first half of 2024, Hanoi Customs Department has detected and seized 540 kg of drugs, including the largest seizure of drugs transported by air; and discovered sophisticated and complex tricks of illegal drug traffickers.
Tricks of hiding drugs are increasingly sophisticated

Tricks of hiding drugs are increasingly sophisticated

VCN - Methods of hiding drugs are constantly changed to outsmart detection of law enforcement agencies, especially the Customs force at the border gate.
Hai Phong customs warns of new and sophisticated smuggling tricks

Hai Phong customs warns of new and sophisticated smuggling tricks

VCN - At the online conference summarizing the work of the first six months of the year, giving directions and solutions to implement tasks in the last six months of 2024 of the General Department of Customs (July 3), Deputy Director of Hai Phong Customs Department Nguyen Sy Trang shared about the fight against smuggling and illegal transportation of goods across the border in the area.
Vietnam faces challenges of drug-related crimes in “Golden Triangle” area

Vietnam faces challenges of drug-related crimes in “Golden Triangle” area

VCN – Drug-related crimes in the “Golden Triangle” area is still complicated and affect the drug-related crimes in Vietnam.
Quang Nam Customs seizes 48 kg of fireworks

Quang Nam Customs seizes 48 kg of fireworks

VCN – Quang Nam Customs Department has just seized 48 kg of fireworks inside a trailer at Chu Lai port.
How does Asanzo Group Joint Stock Company evade taxes?

How does Asanzo Group Joint Stock Company evade taxes?

VCN – Asanzo Company failed to declare and pay special consumption tax; excluded in accounting books; and used illegal invoices to account for goods and input materials for tax evasion, HCM City Tax Authority said.
Ha Nam Customs actively fights fraud through customs declaration

Ha Nam Customs actively fights fraud through customs declaration

VCN - To help businesses comply with the law, Ha Nam Customs Branch (Ha Nam Ninh Customs Department) is strengthening inspection and supervision measures to prevent trade fraud and abuse of online declarations to commit acts of violations.
Ho Chi Minh City Customs discovered many cases of importing banned goods

Ho Chi Minh City Customs discovered many cases of importing banned goods

VCN - Among nearly 700 cases of customs law violations discovered by the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department over the past 5 months, there were many cases of importing banned goods.
An oil and gas company is proposed to have its business registration certificate revoked

An oil and gas company is proposed to have its business registration certificate revoked

VCN - Petroleum Internal and External Equipment Joint Stock Company has been requested by the Customs authority to have its business registration certificate revoked due to overdue import-export tax debts since 2012.
Read More

Your care

Latest Most read
Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

VCN - Lao Bao Border Gate Customs Branch presided over and coordinated with Lao Bao International Border Gate Border Guard Station, Anti-Drug Enforcement Team, Quang Tri Customs Department, and the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (General Depa
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transport and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transportation and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

The ARCADIA campaign on preventing and combating crimes related to the forestry sector is a campaign launched by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Hanoi Customs takes lead in drugs prevention

Hanoi Customs takes lead in drugs prevention

“Hanoi Customs Department has create their brand in the fight against drugs”, that was an affirmation of Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Hoang Viet Cuong
Mobile Version