After eluding capture in a number of busts for more than four years, Vũ Hoàng Oanh, a 65-year-old drug lord regarded as one of Vietnam’s largest “drug queens,” was finally apprehended.
The 65-year-old woman ran a transnational drug trafficking ring that moved hundreds of kilograms of heroin, methamphetamine, and ecstasy into Vietnam.
Vũ Hoàng Oanh (right) is the sister of notorious female crime lord Dung Hà (left), who was murdered in 2000 by Năm Cam, a well-known felon with whom Dung had previously collaborated.
While her crime ring was first busted in May 2018, Oanh still managed to escape and flee the country.
Authorities claim that despite being a wanted person internationally, Oanh was able to enlist young offenders to maintain her transnational ring from the Golden Triangle region (converging borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar) to Vietnam’s busiest towns, including Ho Chi Minh City and the northern city of Hai Phong.
Drugs would be concealed inside car engines and shipped to Ho Chi Minh City by drug dealers. After that, they were taken to Pham The Anh, the director of Sky House Import, Export and Trading, where they were dispatched to Hai Phong.
Vũ Hoàng Oanh was arrested on September 23, 2022. In an operation that lasted more than five weeks and involved more than 100 police officers, 131 kilograms of drugs were seized during the raid. 28 other people were arrested between September and October.
Vietnam has strict penalties for possession, distribution, or manufacturing of drugs. Anyone discovered in possession of even a small amount of drugs is subject to the death penalty.