Police in southern Vietnam have broken a drugs ring after seizing more than a tonne of methamphetamine hidden in loudspeakers.
Officers were tracking a smuggling operation involving at least two Taiwanese nationals and a Vietnamese man. It was the third massive bust in a week in the country.
The police task team discovered two trucks and a parked car – driven by two Taiwanese men – “showing signs of carrying illegal goods” in a Ho Chi Minh City district on April 12, a police statement released at the weekend confirmed.
The trucks held “extremely heavy” loudspeakers, which prompted suspicion when officers found the drivers lacked legal papers to transport the equipment.
Stashed in the speakers were 600 gold-colored Chinese tea packets, carrying 606 kilograms of meth.
“Police discovered that each loudspeaker carried 10 tea packets … all of them containing methamphetamine,” the statement said.
The police followed the trucks’ route, which led them to a Vietnamese man, who had more loudspeakers filled with meth and ketamine.
“In total, police confiscated 103 loudspeakers with 1,110.26 kilograms of methamphetamine and 998.68 kilograms of ketamine for domestic consumption and re-export,” the statement added. “The two Taiwanese men and a Vietnamese man have been arrested.”
News of the seizure comes on the heels of two drug hauls in central Nghe An province, where 600 kilograms of meth was discovered stuffed in speaker boxes in the home of an elderly couple and 900 kilograms was found abandoned on the side of a road earlier this week.
– reporting by AFP