|South Korean Kim Soonsik, leader of a drug trafficking network from Ho Chi Minh City to the Republic of Korea . Photo: VNA /CVN|
The head of this network was Kim Soonsik, a 50-year-old former South Korean policeman, residing in 2 e district of Ho Chi Minh City. Kim Soonsik had traveled to Vietnam and had a romantic relationship with Huynh Thi Hoa Trân, director of the company APE Industrial Machinery and Equipment headquartered in Thu Duc district. Kim Soonsik had abused Tran's business to transport drugs overseas by sea.
Kim Soonsik had bought narcotics in border areas. He and his accomplices had hidden drugs in blocks of granite which were then transported to the port of Cat Lai for export to the Republic of Korea.
On July 19 the competent forces searched the GAOU2013482 container at the port of Cat Lai, seized 40 kg of drugs, arrested two South Koreans, two Chinese and two Vietnamese. During searches of the homes of the suspects, police seized seven packets of drugs, 27 synthetic drug tablets and documents related to drug trafficking activities. Kim Soonsik and his accomplices had admitted having managed to transport three batches of drugs with the same technique.
Continuing the investigation, the relevant forces arrested others. A total of 24 people were arrested for illegally storing, transporting and marketing narcotics. 164 kg of synthetic drugs and 19 bars of heroin were seized. Those arrested admitted that they had managed to sell hundreds of kg of drugs in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces.