Laos hands over drug-trafficking suspects to China
Updated: 2014-06-11 10:38
Three cross-border drug trafficking suspects are sent back to China from Laos at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan June 10. Two more suspects will be remanded to China on June 11.[Photo/IC]
KUNMING-- Police in Laos handed over five suspects allegedly involved in a major cross-border drug trafficking case to their Chinese counterparts on Tuesday morning.
The handover took place at Vientiane Wattay International Airport in the Lao capital in the morning.
Three suspects were escorted to Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, which borders Laos, in the afternoon. Two others will be sent back on Wednesday, said sources with the Ministry of the Public Security, who declined to release information about the suspects' nationalities.
The suspects were detained in a raid by the two countries' police on March 19, 2013, with more than 579 kgs of methamphetamine, known as "ice", seized.
The ministry said the handover was a demonstration of effective cooperation between China and Laos in the fight against drug trafficking.
It hopes to improve cooperation on the sharing of information, collecting evidence, interrogating suspects and repatriations.
Yunnan, which borders the "Golden Triangle" of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, is at the forefront of China's anti-drug efforts.
Chinese police have joined law enforcement departments from the three countries to crack down on drug trafficking.
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