|The smuggled firecrackers are found being hidden in travel bags. — VNA/VNS Photo Việt Hùng|Viet Nam News
BẮC GIANG — Police in the northern of Bắc Giang Province seized 117 kilos of smuggled firecrackers on Saturday in Hoàng Văn Thụ Ward.
After initial investigation, the firecrackers were found being illegally transported in a 35-seat coach travelling from Hà Nội to Lạng Sơn. The firecrackers were hidden under boxes and travel bags.
The coach driver was Ninh Đức Định, 35, of the northern mountainous province of Yên Bái’s Thịnh Hưng Commune. The owner of the firecrackers was Trịnh Thị Loan, 44, of the northern province of Thanh Hóa’s Yên Ninh Commune.
The case is under further investigation.
From 1995 until 2017, production, transportation or ownership of more than 10kg of firecrackers in Việt Nam could lead to criminal charges.
However, after firecrackers were ‘demoted’ from the banned goods list according to the investment law 2014, those trading firecrackers now only face administrative fines, leading to a hike in the smuggling of this item. — VNS