|More than 708,000 packs of smuggled cigarettes, seized from 2004 in Tay Ninh Province, were destroyed this morning. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Duc Hoanh
TAY NINH (VNS) — The southern Tay Ninh Province's authorities destroyed this morning more than 708,000 smuggled and fake cigarette packs, seized since 2004, in a dump in Tan Chau District's Tan Hung Commune.
Huynh Van Duc, deputy head of the provincial's steering committee for fighting smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods, or Steering Committee 389, said the smuggling of tobacco, especially of foreign brands, was being organised in an intricate manner in the province. The smugglers took advantage of the province's long border and small roads to hire local people to smuggle the goods from Cambodia to Viet Nam at night, he said. The cigarettes were then taken to HCM City and other neighbouring cities and provinces for sale, he said.
In the first six months of this year, the Tay Ninh Province authorities seized more than 560,000 smuggled cigarettes of foreign brands. The police and border guards have initiated prosecution in 33 cases and against 77 smugglers this year. — VNS