|Illustration image. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong
DONG THAP (VNS) — Authorities yesterday destroyed more than 540,000 smuggled and fake cigarette packs, mostly of Jet and Hero brands, in the southern Dong Thap Province.
Most of the destroyed packs had been found by the market watch and police forces, while they were being smuggled from Cambodia through the province's Hong Ngu and Tan Hong districts, since the beginning of this year.
The province's industry and trade department's Deputy Director Nguyen Chi Bac told the Vietnam News Agency that appropriate authorities would collaborate with localities to smash tobacco smuggling rings and strictly handle violators in 2015.
The People's Court of Thanh Binh District recently sentenced To Hoang Nam, a tobacco smuggler living in An Thach Ward in Hong Ngu Town, to nine months in prison for smuggling banned goods.
Nam was caught by the Hong Lanh Town authorities on December 21, 2014, when he was transporting 350 cigarette packs, bought in Cambodia, for sale in Viet Nam.
In February 2014, Nam had been fined VND25 million (US$1,200) for smuggling cigarettes. — VNS