|Carton boxes consisting of 144,000 bullets were found and seized by the Tan Son Nhat Airport Customs in 2014. — Photo anninhthudo.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City People's Committee has decided to confiscate nearly 150,000 plastic blank cartridges, illegally imported into Viet Nam.
In April 2014, as many as 60 cartons with 144,000 bullets were found and seized by the Tan Son Nhat Airport Customs, while being transported on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, via Bangkok to Viet Nam.
Turkish Airlines had sent documents to the customs authorities for permission to re-export the package, explaining that it had sent it on the wrong flight.
However, the city authorities rejected the request, and said Turkish Airlines would have to pay an additional fine of VND30 million (US$1,300).
HCM City Customs Department will co-operate with HCM Police to hand over the entire package to the High Command as regulated.
In late July this year, the Tan Son Nhat Airport Customs also seized 94 revolvers and 472 rounds of ammunition transported by Turkish Airlines from the Czech Republic to Viet Nam. Authorities said this case was serious, risking national defence and social security.
Weapons transport, storage, trade and production are prohibited by the law, but due to the high profits involved, smuggling of weapons still exists. According to Article 230 of Criminal Law 1999, individuals or organisations transporting weapons in or out of Vietnamese territory will be fined VND20-40 million ($890 to $1,780). — VNS