|Some 74,000 smuggled cigarette packs, valued at VND1.4 billion (US$65,000), were incinerated in the Mekong Delta Vinh Long Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
HANOI (VNS) — More than 74,000 smuggled cigarette packs, valued at VND1.4 billion (US$65,000), were recently destroyed in the Mekong Delta Vinh Long Province.
The cigarettes, which were set afire by officials, were confiscated by the provincial market watch and police forces from September 2014 to January 2015.
Head of the Vinh Long Province market watch force said local authorities have become aware that the smuggling of cigarettes has been on the rise in recent years in the province because of its location in the centre of the Mekong Delta.
Smuggling gangs have used high-speed boats, constructed hidden compartments inside buses and trucks, and attempted to smuggle cigarettes during weekends and holidays to avoid being caught.
The provincial authority has begun a campaign to encourage residents not to purchase or participate in the sales and transportation of smuggled cigarettes.
Also, market watch and police forces were ordered to step up efforts to closely monitor the province's roads and waterways to combat the smuggling of cigarettes and other illegal goods. — VNS