|Marine police check the seized tobacco cartons. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday praised Viet Nam Marine Police Force's investigation department for uncovering a tobacco smuggling case, and seizing 165 cigarette cartons.
The police caught Bui Duc Khanh of Quang Ninh Province, who was the owner of the boat number QN6688, and his nine employees, while they were transporting 82,500 cigarette packs in the sea off the northern Quang Ninh Province.
The cigarette packs were of the 555 brand, worth VND2.5 billion (US$119,000). Khanh could not produce any invoice or documents related to his cargo.
Deputy PM Phuc entrusted the national defence ministry to command Viet Nam Marine Police Force to conduct further investigations into the case, so that strict punishment can be imposed.
The results of the investigation are expected to be submitted to the Prime Minister next month.
Earlier this year, the authorities caught Do Xuan Trung, 37, while he was transporting 1,320 cigarette packs in Hai Phong Province to sell them in Hai Phong and other neighbouring cities. — VNS