Vietnam, Thailand tighten cooperation in war against drugs

Vietnam and Thailand convened their ninth bilateral conference on drug prevention and control cooperation in Hanoi on March 24, resolving to employ stronger measures to work towards creating a drug-free ASEAN region.

The Vietnamese side was led by Lieutenant General Do Kim Tuyen, deputy head of the Ministry of Public Security’s Police General Department for Crime Prevention and Control, while Secretary General of the Thai Office of the Narcotics Control Board Permpong Chaovalit headed the Thai delegation.

Reports released at the function reveal that in 2014, Vietnam uncovered 19,195 drugs cases involving 28,880 suspects and seized 573.2kg of heroin, 19.3kg of cocaine, 28.8kg of opium, 1,536kg of marijuana, and 65,314 synthetic pills. A particular increase in methamphetamine abuse has been recorded among the young in big cities.

Police have witnessed drug trafficking becoming increasingly sophisticated and hard to detect, with smugglers arriving by sea, air and across land borders. They...

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