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HCM City police busts large-scale weapon trafficking ring

Update: November, 08/2017 - 09:55
The HCM City police reported on Monday that they busted a gang that allegedly made guns in a cashew field in Bình Phước Province and trafficked a range of weapons in several cities and provinces around the country.— Photo plo.vn

HCM CITY — The HCM City police reported on Monday that they busted a gang that allegedly made guns in a cashew field in Bình Phước Province and trafficked a range of weapons in several cities and provinces around the country.

They arrested Nguyễn Hồng Phúc, 33, of Vĩnh Long, the gang leader; Huỳnh Văn Trung, 40, of Vĩnh Long; Lê Ngọc Mãi, 16, of Đồng Tháp; Phùng Ngọc Cảnh, 19, of Gia Lai; Lê Điền Khắc Huy, 41, and Lê Minh Châu, 29, of Tiền Giang; Khúc Chí Tài, 29, of Hưng Yên, Mai Quang Minh, 18, of HCM City; and Bùi Trọng Trí, 25, of Hậu Giang.

They seized AR15 semi-automatic rifles, ZP5 riflescopes, grenades, home-made mines, 176 cartridges, two detonators, a silencer, explosives and equipment to make guns.

The city police’s Division PC45 came across the ring in October.

They arrested Phúc when he got out of a car in front of a house on Phạm Hùng Street in the Mekong city of Vĩnh Long on October 12.

He had with him weapons including an M67 grenade, a riflescope, three revolvers, a silencer, and 70 cartridges.

He confessed to the police he was the leader of the gang and that it made the weapons in a field in Phú Sơn Commune in Bình Phước’s Bù Đăng District.

They then arrested the other members and seized the weapons.

Phúc said Mãi sold the weapons to buyers in several places including HCM City, Tiền Giang, Đồng Tháp, and Gia Lai.

The police are continuing their investigation.— VNS

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