|The city police are cheching the smuggled cigarette packs. — Photo vov.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City's Binh Chanh District police have captured three cigarette smugglers, who were part of a large smuggling ring, and seized 23,000 cigarette packs.
The three men who have been arrested are Le Thanh Tam, 36, a resident of the city's District 6; Nguyen Hoang Viet Cuong, 31, from the city's Tan Phu District; and Ho Long Hai, 23, a resident of the southern Long An Province.
Local police said several policemen caught the three men from a house in Tan Tao 2 resettlement zone, where they were packaging smuggled cigarettes to sell in the city market.
The seized cigarette packs were of Jet, 555 and Hero brands.
The smugglers said the cigarettes, smuggled from Cambodia, were kept at the house before being delivered by lorries to the retail areas.
Further investigation showed the smuggling ring was led by Nguyen Luong Duy, 35, and Duong Van Minh, 28, who are absconding. The local police are hunting for the two men and will deal with them as per the law. —VNS