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Police seize 73 tons of illegally imported sugar

Update: June, 15/2015 - 19:41
A policeman is checking the illegally imported sugar hidden in a rubber farm in Tay Ninh's Chau Thanh District. — VNS Photo

TAY NINH (VNS) — Police have seized some 31 tonnes of refined sugar illegally imported from Cambodia, while investigating a rubber farm in the southeastern province of Tay Ninh's Chau Thanh District.

Nguyen Van Tam, a Cambodian Vietnamese, 27, was arrested last weekend and charged for hiding the sugar, but he said he was hired by a man named Trung to take care of it and did not know its origin.

Tam said Trung, who was also from the same district, had tried to convince him to store the sugar and had promised to pay him a lot for it.

Earlier, on Friday, police from Chau Thanh District also seized a truck, with registration number 70C- 049.16, carrying 42 tonnes of refined sugar in 200 sacks while travelling from Cambodia to Viet Nam.

Nguyen Tan Loc, 42, the truck driver, also said he had been hired by Trung to transport the sugar and did not know it was illegally imported.

Police are still investigating the case. — VNS

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