HAI PHONG (VNS) — The Thuy Nguyen District police and the Hai Phong Border Guards busted a tobacco smuggling ring, and seized more than 3,000 cigarette cartons yesterday.
The authorities caught Do Xuan Trung, 37, while he was transporting 1,320 cigarette packs in Hamlet 2, Kien Bai commune, Thuy Nguyen District in Hai Phong Province in the morning. Trung could not produce any invoice or documents related to his cargo.
In another case, the authorities seized 2,446 cigarette cartons from the house of Do Xuan Vinh in the same hamlet.
Trung stated that he had bought the cigarettes from a man named Hung in Quang Ninh's Mong Cai City, for VND160,000 to VND220,000 (US$7-$10) per carton. Trung transported the smuggled tobacco with the aim of selling them in Hai Phong and other neighbouring cities.
The authorities are investigating the case further. — VNS