|Local authorities inspect a boat during an anti-cigarette smuggling operation. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hai
TAY NINH (VNS) — Authorities in the southeastern Tay Ninh Province started criminal proceedings in 16 cases, with 40 individuals facing criminal charges for cigarette smuggling.
Local authority also put a halt to 838 cigarette smuggling operations and confiscated nearly 600,000 cigarette packs from October 2014 to March 2015.
Deputy Chairman of the province's People Committee, Tran Luu Quang, noted that greater efforts to fight off cigarette smuggling in the province has resulted in a reduction in cigarette smuggling.
However, the lack of co-ordination among provincial authorities made the task more difficult, as smuggling operations often move from one province to another to avoid the authorities. — VNS