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At 8:30 am that day, a joint team of anti-drug police and customs officers signaled a suspicious car that was running on National Highway 3 toward the province to stop for an examination.
Ignoring the police’s request, the man who was driving the car sped away, leading to a chase.
When the car reached the De Tham New Urban Area in Cao Bang City, which is the provincial capital, he stopped his vehicle, got off and ran up a hill.
The team members ran after the man and eventually caught him.
The man identified himself as Trieu Duc Hanh, 46, hailing from Bac Kan Province, also in northern Vietnam.
On searching his car, the team discovered 156 bricks of heroin, packed in three sacks in the boot. Hanh said he was transporting the heroin to Cao Bang for sale.
The total weight of the drugs was over 50 kg.
Soon after the arrest, General Tran Dai Quang, Minister of Public Security, extended his compliments to the team members and offered a cash reward to them.
Initial investigations showed that Hanh was a link in a transnational drug trafficking ring, police said, adding that they are expanding their probe to track down others involved.