Police in the central province of Quang Nam said Monday they had arrested five people for allegedly trading in more than three tons of explosives meant for illegal gold mining activities.
Among the arrestees is Pham Phong, the 64-year-old director of a mining company in Quang Nam.
The police said they caught Phong and Nguyen Thi Thu, 47, in the act of transporting around 400 kilograms of explosives in a car on June 17.
After the duo was arrested, Phong confessed to the police he also hired cars to transport three tons of explosives to the houses of two local men for storage the same day.
He said all the explosives were bought legally by his company for mining activities, but as the explosives will expire at the end of June, he decided to sell them to illegal gold miners in the province.
Based on his testimony, the police arrested other people involved.
The police also confiscated all the explosives, the largest batch they had ever seized.