HCMC police bust 2 criminal gangs

Police in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh District September 19 arrested a gang that forced passengers on buses to buy medicines at exorbitant prices by threatening them with HIV-tainted needles and knives.

Most of the gang are drug addicts, with some having HIV.

They include Nguyen Thanh Luan, 23, of District 4; Nguyen Huy Cuong, 24, of Binh Tan District; Nguyen Tan Kiet, 36, of District 6;  Nguyen Van Khen, 37, of Hau Giang Province; and Huynh Phi Ho, 34, of Binh Dinh Province.

They would board inter-provincial buses and sell their medicines, calling them “wonderful.” Anyone refusing to buy or resisting would be threatened with the needles and knifes.

The police also reported that they nabbed another gang of 14 young criminals led by Lai Minh Thanh, 16, for robbing motorbikes or other assets.

The thieves would pick up quarrels with drivers, beating them and dispossessing them of their vehicles.

They confessed to starting their crimes in March 2009.

By H. Hoa – Translated by Truc Thinh

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