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Vietnam busts Taiwanese-led drug ring, seizes 90kg of ketamine stashed in pig innards

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Vietnamese police seized a total of 270 kilograms of ketamine, including 90 kilograms concealed in pig innards, from a Taiwanese-led transnational drug trafficking ring which had been using GPS tracking to monitor their transport operations.

The seizure was reported at a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Public Security’s Drug Crime Investigation Police Department in Hanoi on Thursday to review the department’s performance during the first half of 2021.

The ring was led by a group of Taiwanese nationals who had been living in Ho Chi Minh City, said Major General Nguyen Van Vien, director of the department. 

The department was tipped off about the crime ring by Taiwanese law enforcement who said that several Vietnamese in Cambodia had been colluding with a syndicate in Vietnam to traffic drugs from there to Ho Chi Minh City before shipping them out of the country by road and air, the major general said.

On May 19, a police team pulled over a car transporting 10 kilograms of ketamine stashed inside boxes of instant noodles in the city’s Binh Tan District.

Officers then arrested two Taiwanese nationals who had been preparing to receive the shipment for delivery to a third country.

The two Taiwanese told police that another Taiwanese national, Huang Yen Sheng, had hired them to transport the drugs.

In this supplied photo, drugs were found hidden in pig abdomens at a factory in Hanoi.

In this supplied photo, drugs were found hidden in pig organs at a factory in Hanoi.

Working off testimony from those in custody, authorities raided a warehouse belonging to a transport company in Binh Chanh District, where they discovered 150 kilograms of drugs hidden in five electric motors, each weighing one ton, which were being prepared for transport to Hanoi.

Meanwhile, during a search of a 300-square-meter factory that Huang had been renting in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District, police found dozens of kilograms of drugs stashed inside pig organs awaiting delivery to China.

Members of the drug ring had portioned out 90 kilograms of ketamine and concealed them in the abdomens of 900 pigs.

They then fixed a positioning device onto the shipment in order to monitor it during transport.

Another search of an apartment rented by Huang in Hanoi’s Long Bien District led to the discovery of five positioning systems intended to monitor drugs during the transport process.

Police have so far arrested five members of the ring and discovered that it had successfully delivered 270 kilograms of ketamine hidden in three outbound shipments since the beginning of the year.

As the ring’s masterminds are now in China and Cambodia, Vietnamese police are coordinating with counterparts in those countries to continue their investigations, Major General Vien said.

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Ancient citadel to be renovated for $32 mln

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Ancient citadel to be renovated for $32 mln

A stonewall of the Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa is damaged. Photo by VnExpress/Le Hoang


Over VND745 billion ($32.7 million) will be spent to renovate the Ho Citadel in Thanh Hoa in the next four years, the provincial authorities stated.

The recently approved project to preserve, restore and renovate components of the citadel will require around VND300 billion from the north-central province’s budget. The rest will come from the central government’s budget and other sources.

The main investor of the project would be Thanh Hoa Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It is expected to last from 2022 to 2025.

Components chosen for restoration and renovation include a 9,000-square-meter archaeological exhibition site, a trench spanning 1,000 meters, internal traffic routes and other infrastructure.

Built in 1397 by Ho Dynasty as the capital of Dai Ngu, the country’s name from 1400 to 1407, the citadel served as a military stronghold and became a symbol of patriotism and national pride.

It is unique for its construction technique, which involved the use of large blocks of stone weighing 10-26 tons that were carefully shaped, interlocked and raised up by around 10 meters.

In 2011, the citadel was recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage.

The north wall of the citadel has been significantly damaged due to impacts from storms and heavy rain.

In October 2018 the U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink’s Fund for Cultural Preservation approved a $92,500 grant to conserve the south gate, the most important remaining structure in the citadel. The work was completed last year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/ancient-citadel-to-be-renovated-for-32-mln-4375899.html

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3,373 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Saturday

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A hair salon in Hà Nội’s Trần Quang Diệu Street is quarantined after a hair stylist was confirmed to be infected with coronavirus today. People who had close contact with the patient have been quarantined. — VNA/ Photo Tuấn Đức

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health announced 3,373 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with a further 77 COVID-related deaths. 

Among these new cases, 112 were imported and 3,361 were local transmissions. Of these, 1,332 were detected in the community.

The national tally now stands at 884,895, of which 880,149 are the result of the fourth wave of infections that swept the country since late April.

HCM City remained the locality with the highest number of infections of 749, a decrease of 456 cases compared to Friday’s figure. This was followed by Đồng Nai Province with 605 and Bình Dương Province with 517.

The capital city of Hà Nội recorded seven new cases.

The other cases were detected in An Giang (224), Tiền Giang (156), Bạc Liêu (130), Kiên Giang (97), Tây Ninh (90), Bình Thuận (81), Phú Thọ (75), Long An (68), Trà Vinh (58), Gia Lai (53), Cần Thơ (43), Cà Mau (40), Khánh Hòa (39), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (38), Thừa Thiên Huế (34), Đồng Tháp (32), Hậu Giang (25), Nghệ An (23), Bình Phước (22), Thanh Hóa (18), Vĩnh Long (15), Quảng Nam (13), Quảng Ngãi (12), Bình Định (12), Kon Tum (11), Bến Tre (10), Phú Yên (8 ), Quảng Trị (7), Ninh Thuận (7), Thái Bình (6), Hà Giang (6), Hà Nam (5), Bắc Ninh (5), Lào Cai (5), Nam Định (3), Hải Phòng (2), Bắc Giang (2), Đà Nẵng (2), Ninh Bình (2), Đắk Nông (1), Hà Tĩnh (1), Quảng Ninh (1) and Tuyên Quang (1).

The 77 COVID-related deaths were in HCM City (42), Bình Dương (12), Đồng Nai (5), Long An (3), Sóc Trăng (3), Tiền Giang (2), An Giang (2), Ninh Thuận (2), Bình Phước (1), Đắk Nông (1), Cần Thơ (1), Trà Vinh (1), Bạc Liêu (1) and Thanh Hoá (1).

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, 2,977 patients nationwide are in serious condition, with 16 on life support (ECMO).

A further 1,338 patients were given the all-clear on Saturday, taking the total number of recoveries to 804,664.

HCM City’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has announced a plan to vaccinate children aged between 12 and 17. About 780,000 children aged 12-17 in the city are expected to get a vaccination.

Almost 1.66 million vaccine doses were administered in Việt Nam on Saturday. The country has now inoculated 71.8 million doses of vaccine to date, with more than 20.7 million people fully vaccinated. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1064796/3373-new-cases-of-covid-19-reported-on-saturday.html

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COVID-19 updates in Việt Nam on October 23 afternoon

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From 5pm on October 22 to 5pm on October 23, on the National System of COVID-19 Case Management, 3,373 new infections were recorded, of which 12 were imported and 3,361 were recorded domestically (down 616 cases compared to the previous day) in 47 provinces and cities (with 1,332 cases in the community).

 

– Provinces and cities recorded cases as follows: HCM City (749), Đồng Nai (605), Bình Dương (517), An Giang (224), Tiền Giang (156), Bạc Liêu (130), Kiên Giang (97), Tây Ninh (90), Bình Thuận (81), Phú Thọ (75), Long An (68), Trà Vinh (58), Gia Lai (53), Cần Thơ (43), Cà Mau (40), Khánh Hòa (39), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (38), Thừa Thiên Huế (34), Đồng Tháp (32), Hậu Giang (25), Nghệ An (23), Bình Phước (22), Thanh Hóa (18), Vĩnh Long (15), Quảng Nam (13), Quảng Ngãi (12), Bình Định (12), Kon Tum (11), Bến Tre (10), Phú Yên (8 ), Quảng Trị (7), Hà Nội (7), Ninh Thuận (7), Thái Bình (6), Hà Giang (6), Hà Nam (5), Bắc Ninh (5), Lào Cai (5), Nam Định (3), Hải Phòng (2), Bắc Giang (2), Đà Nẵng (2), Ninh Bình (2), Đắk Nông (1), Hà Tĩnh (1), Quảng Ninh (1), Tuyên Quang (1).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1064785/covid-19-updates-in-viet-nam-on-october-23-afternoon.html

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