|The smuggled fireworks at the border guard command’s station in the central province of Quảng Trị. — Photo zing.vn|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG TRỊ — The Border Guard Command in the central province of Quảng Trị announced on Monday that it has arrested two suspects for illegally transporting 264kg of fireworks.
The suspects, Nguyễn Quang Thái, 31, and Đặng Sỹ Phi Hùng, 28, were arrested when driving a Fortuner car on Saturday in Klu Village, Đakrông District. The fireworks were contained in cardboard boxes.
The suspects admitted to the police that they illegally transported the fireworks from Laos to Việt Nam to sell in the domestic market.
The case is under investigation.
Previously, police from the province’s Hướng Hóa District detained one man for illegally transporting about 380kg of fireworks on Friday. The man was caught driving a vehicle with fake registration plates.
Colonel Lê Văn Phương, head of the command, said several months before Tết (Lunar New Year) was believed to be the peak time for smuggling fireworks.
He said the province had already seized nearly one tonne of smuggled fireworks so far this year.
High profit from smuggling fireworks was blamed for the situation, he said.
The command has co-operated with Laos’ authorised agencies to clamp down on the problem, he added.
The coming Tết holidays last between February 4 and 8, 2019. — VNS.