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Man arrested for smuggling over 5,000 packs of cigarettes

Update: January, 03/2018 - 15:30
The cigarettes seized at Hưng’s store. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI  The capital city’s police on Tuesday arrested a man for smuggling cigarettes and cigars.

Nguyễn Đức Hưng, 44, residing on Hàng Buồm Street of Hoàn Kiếm Ward, was found to be trading, storing and transporting more than 5,500 packs of imported cigarettes and cigars.

According to the police, on Tuesday morning, the anti-smuggling police force stopped Hưng, who was driving a motorbike and carrying a large carton.

Upon checking the cargo, the police found 860 packs of cigarettes of Blend No 555 Gold.

Hưng was unable to show any papers for the cargo.

At the police station, Hưng said he bought the cigarettes from many sellers and kept them at his store on Bạch Đằng Street to re-sell for profit.

He was arrested while on the way to ship the cigarettes to sell to customers in Thống Nhất Park area.

Along with storing the goods at his store on Bạch Đằng Street, Hưng also kept smuggled items at his shop on Nguyễn Siêu Street and his house on Ngọc Lâm Street.

While searching these places, the police seized total 5,350 packs of cigarettes and 200 packs of cigars.

The cigarettes were brands of Marlboro, Blend No 555 Gold Pearl and Blend No 555 Original.

The value of the smuggled goods is some VNĐ200 million (US$9,000). Hưng has admitted to his acts.  VNS


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