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Mekong sub-regional countries join hands to combat drug trafficking

VGP - A meeting took place in Ha Noi on April 6 to review the operation of the Safe Mekong Coordination Center (SMCC).

April 07, 2023 7:53 PM GMT+7
Mekong sub-regional countries join hands to combat drug trafficking - Ảnh 1.

A meeting is held to review the operation of the Safe Mekong Coordination Centre (SMCC), Ha Noi, April 6, 2023 - Photo: VGP

Addressing the event, General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Narcotics Investigation Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security said that countries in the Mekong sub-region are working hard together to fight drug crimes.

He underlined that Viet Nam always pays great attentions to strengthening cooperation with regional countries to effectively implement the Sub-Regional Action Plan (SAP) on Drug Control.

Last year, Vietnamese anti-drug police raided 23,952 cases involving 36,126 suspects, seizing 741.78 kilos of heroin, 1,857.57 kilos and over 3.68 million tablets of meths, 105.33 kilos of opium and 268.03 kilos of cannabis.

Many drug trafficking rings with large caches of narcotics of all kinds were detected by police of the Mekong sub-region countries, he said.

Participants approved an SAP on Drug Control for the 2023-2027 period comprising five key solutions, including carrying out joint drug crime combat campaign and cracking down on drug-related crimes on roads, rivers and along borders.

The SMCC, co-initiated by China and Thailand in 2013, has been set up in all countries in the Mekong sub-region as part of their joint efforts to fight drug trafficking. Viet Nam officially joined the campaign in 2019.

So far, all six Mekong sub-regional countries, including Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, China and Myanmar, have established and alternately chaired the activities of the SMCC.

This year, Viet Nam is taking the role of the chair of the SMCC and has invited officials from all member countries to work at its SMCC from February 7 to April 9./.