|Illustrative photo. Tay Ninh is the connecting point between HCM City and Phnom Penh in Cambodia and a key economic zone in the south. There has been an increase in smuggling activities in the area over the past several years. — VNA/VNS Photo Dau Tat Thanh
TAY NINH (VNS) — Police in the southeastern Tay Ninh Province caught a ship in Vam Co Dong River, which was smuggling 9,000 packs of cigarettes from Cambodia.
The captain of the ship sank the vessel and tried to escape, after being detected and chased by competent forces from Tay Ninh's Phuoc Chi Commune through Ba Bon channel in the adjacent Long An Province.
Tay Ninh Provincial Police salvaged the ship and its cargo, and seized 9,000 cigarette packets of Jet, a foreign brand.
The goods were identified to be of Cambodian origin, being smuggled into Việt Nam for profit.
Tay Ninh Police also discovered two boats that were transporting 9,600 packs of cigarettes on Monday. In the middle of September, they seized 8,000 packs of cigarettes of the Jet and Hero brands, which had been smuggled from Cambodia.
Tay Ninh is the connecting point between HCM City and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and a key economic zone in the south. Hence, smuggling activities in the area have been increasing over many years.
In addition, Cambodia has imposed a lower tax on cigarettes, compared with Viet Nam, making the latter one of the popular targets of smugglers.
Competent forces and steering committees of 389 districts and cities of the province have checked and seized more than 800,000 smuggled cigarette packets of all kinds in 2015 so far, and have destroyed more than 340,000 packs in November. — VNS