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Forest fire leads police to man possessing guns

Update: June, 08/2015 - 17:15
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SON LA (VNS) — The investigative police in the northwestern province of Son La have prosecuted a man for illegal possession and use of military arms.

The police stumbled upon the illegal arms and man when they were investigating the causes of a forest fire.

On January 5, Moc Chau District authorities in the province was informed about a forest fire, which reportedly broke out after someone used the slash-and-burn practice to clear uphill land for cultivation.

After initial investigations, a joint-agency team consisting of rangers, policemen, and local officers, visited the house of one Dinh Quang Dong, born in 1984, at Tieu khu 11, Moc Chau Town in the district.

Dong fled after receiving a tip-off about the investigation team's visit.

The team seized an AK rifle, a homemade gun, and 28 bullets from his residence.

Possession of military arms is illegal in Viet Nam.

On Sunday, the investigative police caught Dong.

Dong allegedly confessed that he had bought the arms from an unknown man at Chieng Ve commune in the same district for hunting purpose.

The police are investigating further. — VNS

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