Two Nigerian Men and a Vietnamese Woman Arrested in Vietnam Drug Bust
Anti-narcotics police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested two Nigerian nationals and one Vietnamese woman on Thursday, September 24, for smuggling methamphetamine.
Ochie Paul Ejike, 51, and his 35-year-old Vietnamese wife and business partner, Ly Moc Kiu, were identified as "major figures" along with fellow Nigerian Chukwuemeka Confidence Onyiriuka in a drug trafficking ring monitored by police several months before the arrests.
Police had previously discovered that Chukwuemeka often received shipments of clothing from Cambodia at an apartment in Binh Tan District, although no clothing had ever been sold.
Chukwuemeka met Ochie and his partner every week at various secret places.
Police identified the three as part of a drug trafficking ring in the city after months of monitoring.
Kiu was driving on Quang Trung Street in Go Vap District last week when police stopped her. Subsequently, officers found three kilograms of meth concealed inside her storage compartment in tea packages.
Phung told investigators she used to sell clothes and that she was married to Ochie. After giving birth to two children, they switched to trading drugs, assisted by various Nigerian compatriots.
Each week, Kiu received five to seven kilograms of meth, which she delivered to her partners. She earned VND70 million per kg, investigators said. Police are expanding their investigation.
According to top police officers, Ho Chi Minh City, also commonly referred to to as Saigon, has been a transit hub for drugs trafficked from the Golden Triangle. From there, the drugs are taken to Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea and even Europe, Australia and Latin America.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 g of heroin or over 2.5 kg of methamphetamine face death.