|The smuggled gold and foreign currency that Vuoch Hea was caught with in Việt Nam. — Photo baohaiquan.vn|Viet Nam News
AN GIANG — A 60-year-old Cambodian woman has been arrested and charged with smuggling eight kilograms of gold from her country into the southern province of An Giang.
Huỳnh Ngọc Hồ, head of the customs department at Tịnh Biên Border Gate, said the suspect has been identified as Vuoch Hea from Kirivong District in Cambodia’s Takeo Province.
On Saturday morning, Hea was driving her motorbike from Cambodia to Việt Nam and did not stop to complete her immigration paperwork. Following the tip-off, officials from the customs department stopped her motorbike and on searching found eight kilograms of gold and 100 million riel, which is around VNĐ8.5 billion or US$373,000.
She was detained, and the gold, currency, motorbike and two mobile phones were confiscated from her.
The accused has told officials that she had purchased the gold in a Cambodian market and had brought it to Việt Nam to sell.
The incident is being investigated. — VNS