|Driver Tran Van Dang. — Photo baoquangninh
HA NOI (VNS) — Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year).
In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers.
The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit.
City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods.
On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of firecrackers printed with Chinese characters.
Three people illegally storing firecrackers were caught red-handed by provincial police and border guards on Monday in the central Ha Tinh Province city of Ha Tinh's Thach Trung Commune. The authorities seized 32 strings of firecrackers, a box of six long firecrackers and three mobile phones.
Also on Sunday, Can Loc District resident Tran Viet Dung was caught transporting 132 Chinese fireworks on National Highway 1A, which runs through Thach Ha District.
At least four more cases were found on Wednesday.
The Lao Cai provincial police reported that their anti-drug trafficking force caught 33-year-old Lau A Su, a ranger from Lai Chau Province's Tam Duong District, transporting 30 heroin bars on Wednesday.
Su said that during a visit to his relatives in Dien Bien Province's Dien Bien Dong District, his uncle Sung A Dau hired him to bring the heroin to Lao Cai. Su was tempted by his promised pay of VND200 million (about US$9,300).
Further investigation will continue.
Nam Dinh Province police reported that they co-ordinated with the Viet Nam Marine Police on a major drug bust. The joint force arrested Hai Phong resident To Cong Dinh, born in 1959, and seized 0.5kg of crystal methamphetamine, 1,000 tablets of synthetic drugs and related items.
Relevant authorities in HCM City inspected and seized a container storing more than 2,000 boxes of Ensure-branded liquid milk that was illegally imported into the country through Cat Lai Port.
The Ha Noi-basedThien Kieu Ltd. Co was found to be producing beauty products under the Snow White and Laurel brand names without any licence. Located in Hoang Mai District's Linh Nam Ward, the establishment is owned by 30-year-old Ha Nam Province resident La Thuy Kieu.
The police seized 7,000 finished bottles and thousands of empty bottles, cartons and raw materials. — VNS