|A hundred metre-long tunnel is dug deeply into the mountain. – Photo infonet.vn|Viet Nam News
KON TUM — An illegal gold mine tunnel was found on Sunday by the Central Highland province of Kon Tum Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the provincial environmental police.
The tunnel, 1.5m in width and 1.1m in height, was carefully covered up and located in Nguyễn Văn Lý’s passion fruit farm in Đăk Kan Commune, Ngọc Hồi District.
Upon inspection, law enforcement forces arrested five miners from Đăk Tô and Đăk Glei districts. All of the miners said they had been hired to work at the gold mine tunnel for 25 days.
The forces also seized several machines, tools and nearly 10 tonnes of gold ore. Văn Lý confessed that two men called Nghiên and An from Plei Kần Town, Ngọc Hồi District had been asked to mine gold in his farm.
“As they promised to share the profit with me, I agreed to create a mining operation,” he said.
According to e-newspaper infonet.vn, the mining area was protected by four layers of doors and guard dogs.
In 2013, competent authorities of Kon Tum Province fined Văn Lý for operating the illegal gold mine in his farm.
The case is being processed by the provincial environmental police. — VNS