|The waterway police solved 140 cases, captured 159 suspects, brought to the court 19 cases and prosecuted 19 people. — VNS/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The General Department for Social Order and Security Management yesterday reviewed its recent action against smuggling, commercial fraud and the smuggling of forbidden goods via waterways.
The department is under the Ministry of Public Security. Vu Do Anh Dung, director of the Waterway Police Department, said that during the recent anti-crime drive, the waterway police solved 140 cases, captured 159 suspects, brought to the court 19 cases and prosecuted 19 people.
They also confiscated over 20,000 tonnes of coal, 1,840 tonnes of ore, 133 kilogrammes of explosives, 14 handmade mines and many other types of forbidden goods. The value of the confiscated goods is estimated to be more than VND143 billion (US$6.8 million).
The waterway polices achievements include the capture of a boat which was transporting 1,840 tonnes of ore without invoices to China from Hai Phong, with the cargo worth approximately VND3 billion (over $142,850); and the busting of a criminal gang which was illegally exploiting nearly 114,500 cubic metres of sand worth VND6 billion ($285,700), in Thuong Tin, Ha Noi.
Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong, Deputy Minister of Public Security, asked the waterway police to play a central part in anti-crime activities and to be proactive in making plans and cooperating with the other police forces for overall effectiveness. — VNS