Lao drug ringleader arrested
A Lao national carrying more than 24,000 tablets of synthetic narcotics was recently arrested at the Cha Lo International Border Gate in the central province of Quang Binh, according to the provincial Border Guard High Command.
|The suspect and the seized drugs. — VNA/VNS Photo|
Xapxavanh Chanthavong, born in 1980, resided in Kaysone Phomvihane City of Laos’ Savannakhet Province. He was identified as a trans-national drug ringleader.
The suspect said he intended to smuggle the drugs to Vietnam for sale.
On July 15, border guards detected two suspects who immediately fled into the forest and left behind a black plastic bag containing nearly 9,000 pills. The case is being investigated.
Vietnam and Laos share a border of nearly 2,340km that runs across 10 Vietnamese provinces, from the northwest to the central region, and 10 Lao provinces in the eastern part.