Nhan Dan/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked relevant ministries and authorities to investigate the trafficking of 600 packets of heroin from Vietnam to Taiwan detected and confiscated by Taiwanese authorities. Deputy PM Phuc, who is also head of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control, requested that the Ministry of Public Security work with related agencies at home and abroad to promptly identify the origin of the heroin. The ministry was asked to join forces with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Finance to apply effective measures to discover drug trafficking cases via maritime and air routes, and at airports, border gates and sea ports. The Deputy PM also assigned the General Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance and the Aviation Civil Authority under the Ministry of Transport to clarify their responsibilities in the case and take measures to prevent drug trafficking by air to and from Vietnam. Taiwanese police reported on November 17 that they had confiscated 600 packets of heroin totalling 229kg that had been discovered in 12 amplifier boxes in a container transported by air from Vietnam. They said they had arrested eight people and were pursuing other suspects. Under Article 194 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, offenders who illegally stockpile, transport, trade or appropriate heroin or cocaine of 100 grams or more shall be sentenced to death.