Police found 23 partygoers aged between 18 and 32 indulging in banned substances in the southern Dong Nai Province on Sunday, despite social distancing requirements.
Police seized a pack of methamphetamine and ecstasy pills during a raid in Thong Nhat District of Dong Nai Province, where 23 out of 28 partygoers tested positive for banned substances.
The group said that after a friend's birthday party, they went to the house of 22-year-old Do Tien Hung to get high on drugs.
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Hai Au, Chief of Thong Nhat District Police, said that the gathering was divided in order to prevent the rising risk of Covid-19 and at the same time maintain order in the district.
Vietnam implements very strict measures on drug production, trafficking and distribution, including the death penalty, although with little effect.
Since August 1, Dong Nai has closed non-essential services such as karaokes, bars, clubs and restricted gatherings due to the new Covid-19 outbreak in July.
The province has recorded one case of Covid-19, a 50-year-old woman returning from Da Nang, the current Covid-19 hotspot of the country.
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