The event was chaired by Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong.

Major General Do Ngoc Canh, Director of the Department of Drug and Crime Prevention and Control under the Vietnam Border Guard Command, reported that the command directed the department to combat three cases in which drugs were illegally trafficked though land border gates along the Vietnam - Laos borderline.

Gen. Luong speaks at the event.

According, on May 23, at Km5 on National Highway 15 in A Deng village, A Ngo commune, Dakrong district, Quang Tri province, the department in collaboration with the Department of Border Gate under the Vietnam Border Guard Command and the Quang Tri provincial Military Command caught red-handed five people in an automobile with Lao license plate carrying 100 heroin bars.

Earlier, on May 6 and May 9, in Cau Treo Border Gate area in Kim Son 1 commune, Huong Son district, Ha Tinh province, the Department of Drug and Crime Prevention and Control, the Department of Border Gate and the Ha Tinh provincial Border Guard Command arrested eight Lao people, seizing 121 kilograms of synthetic drugs and 69.5 kilograms of other drugs in two automobiles with Lao license plates.

On May 11, at Cau Treo International Border Gate in Huong Son district, the provincial border guard and customs forces found four people illegally transporting 4 kilograms of gold from Laos into Vietnam. The subjects admitted that they bought the gold at the price of VND 7.2 billion from Vientiane and planned to sell it in Vietnam for profit.

Gen. Luong hands over rewards to outstanding collectives.

According to Gen. Canh, since the beginning of this year, the border guard force successfully smashed 131 drug-related cases, arresting 1,186 individuals, confiscating 1,269 kilograms of drugs.

Gen. Luong highly praised the border guards for their close coordination and achievements. In order to effectively prevent cross-border crimes, Gen. Luong asked the border guard force to further information dissemination among border people so that they could actively join the crime prevention efforts. In addition, they should continue to give suggestions to local party committees and authorities to build and consolidate grassroots political system, help locals develop economy, gradually build firm defense line in drug-related crime prevention in border areas.

At the event, excellent collectives in combating above-mentioned cases were honored with certificates of merit from the Ministry of National Defense and the Vietnam Border Guard Command and VND 250 million in cash.

Translated by Mai Huong