Hanoi police said this is a mixed drug packaged in the form of food and drink, which is a sophisticated trick used by criminals to hide, transport and trade from authorities. People who transport, store or deal in this type of goods know it is a drug, but when arrested they often confess that they do not know it is a drug in order to deny the crime.
In October 2020, the police of District 5, Ho Chi Minh City discovered an illegal sale of a new drug called Bromazepam disguised in a plastic container with the words “Crispy Fruit Mango”, also known as “mango juice”. yellow powder. This powder mixed with water for drinking will cause hallucinations and improve physiological ability, targeting young people…
“Crispy Fruit Mango” contains Bromazepam, Nimetazepam, which is a narcotic (according to Schedule III of Government Decree 57/2022/ND-CP of August 25, 2022).
In particular, the “fun water” bottle is small and compact, only 10.5 cm high and 5 cm in diameter, so it can be easily taken to places to sell to people. Just a tiny drop of “fun water” mixed with soda can help addicts get “high” in a short amount of time.
“Happy water” contains the drug GHB (listed in List IIC of Government Decree 57/2022/ND-CP, dated August 25, 2022), which is composed of the precursor Gammabutyro lactone (GBL). Many types of drugs “hide” under the names of other countries, such as “grape juice” Ribena with ketamine, “lemon tea”, drink “Tropicana Twister” with narcotic drugs (Ketamin, MDMA). This is a form of synthetic drug, which can be dissolved in water, such as soft drinks, can cause strong hallucinations and psychosis when ingested, and can affect life when consumed in excess.
A new type of drug, often referred to as “fun water” by the subjects and packaged in small powder packs with packs with eye-catching images and colors, has been picked up by functional forces in provinces such as Bac Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa) discovered and arrested many traffickers.
In addition to synthetic drugs “hiding” in the form of soft drinks, drugs disguised as food, e-cigarettes, spices have also appeared recently.
Foods (cakes and candies) containing narcotics are known to be produced and packaged with permission in some countries around the world. These types are produced at the prescribed concentration indicated on the product packaging and carry user warnings.
In recent times, test subjects have taken abuse and smuggled into Vietnam to proliferate and use, leading to poisoning as in Ha Long and Quang Ninh. The subject bought candy from a supermarket in the US to take back to relatives to use, but did not specify that it contained narcotics. This type of user can be confused, an overdose can be life threatening…
Or as the case of a group of students in Hoanh Bo, Quang Ninh who uses narcotics sweets, gets poisoned and needs emergency care (October 2021); the case of the use of Chill Max brand chocolate containing drugs ADB-BUTINACA (listed by IIC of Decree 57/2022/ND-CP, dated August 25, 2022) in Dong Anh, Hanoi (May June 2022).
Many “new emerging” synthetic drugs are impregnated with herbs and packaged by subjects as “cigarettes” (slang for aromatic tobacco or tobacco) with brands such as Amsterdam, Dominix etc. In particular, some types are produced and packaged in the form of coiled tobacco fibers but then disguised as regular tobacco brands such as Marlboro… In addition, some varieties are not labeled but packaged as packets of regular tobacco. Visually, these narcotic herbs are indistinguishable from tobacco or pipe tobacco.
In September 2022, the police of Nam Tu Liem district, Hanoi investigated and discovered the subjects in the case through social networks (zalo, telegram…) linked to form criminal groups that illegally traded drugs in different locations. The main form is through the system of transporting goods by ship, cod, software … with the items being drugs impregnated in e-cigarettes, herbs, which are currently popular among young people.
It is worth noting that looking at the product packaging, most people think that this is a package of soda, candy, regular cigarettes, not drugs. Users also don’t need tools that can be used anywhere, without needing to be discreet or hidden. That’s why synthetic drugs easily penetrate schools, amusement parks, bars… with unpredictable damage that authorities find difficult to detect and prevent.
Therefore, in order to actively prevent and combat the tricks of mixing drugs in the form of food, drinks, e-cigarettes and spices in the capital, the director of Hanoi City Public Security requested: units:
Promoting and disseminating government policies and laws on drug prevention and control, drug harm, methods and tricks of drug offenders, and means of drug identification and the whole society about the harmful effects of drugs “hidden” drugs.
Actively coordinate with functional agencies to strengthen the inspection, detection and handling of commodities, such as food, beverages and e-cigarettes of unknown origin, to prevent harm to the community. Coordinate with social organizations to organize coordination activities to propagate and mobilize trade unionists and members to participate in the prevention of social evils and drug-related crimes…
Actively assess and coordinate with basic police forces to detect, combat, arrest and strictly deal with acts of illicit trafficking, transportation, storage and use of narcotics in general, according to regulations, drugs in the form of food mixing, beverages, tobacco, spices, etc. in particular.