BAC NINH (VNS) — Police in the northern province of Bac Ninh have arrested the crews on four boats for illegally exploiting sand along the Duong River, the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment said yesterday.
The owners of the boats admitted the crime, saying they had been doing it for a long time.
Police seized the ships and sand-mining tools.
So far this year, police have detained 21 illegal sand-mining boats. However, their owners were fined a total of only VND200 million ($9,400). — VNS