The alleged kingpin of a gang that tried to make money by selling purported immunity stickers to help drivers pass police checkpoints easily in southern Vietnam has turned himself in to authorities.
Nguyen Van Thoi, 39, handed himself in at a police station in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
He was later transferred to the HCMC office of the Ministry of Public Security for investigation.
Earlier on August 27, police arrested seven of his accomplices, aged from 25-48.
The suspects were allegedly operating a gang which claimed that it had connections with the police and that, for a monthly fee, it could help drivers avoid being stopped by traffic officers in HCMC and neighboring provinces.
Nguyen Van Thoi, 39, handed himself in at a police station in Binh Chanh District, HCMC on August 31, 2015
Police said the gang printed a range of special stickers and sold them to more than 1,000 truck owners and drivers for VND500,000-VND3 million (US$22-$132). Each sticker was valid for a month.
More expensive stickers purportedly gave drivers more protection in a wider area.
Drivers were told to attach the stickers to their windshield.
The gang claimed that traffic officers would never stop any vehicles with these stickers, hence the term "King trucks."
Gang members also warned clients about possible random checkpoints. They promised to help clients retrieve their vehicles instantly in case police confiscated them over traffic violations.
The arrestees confessed that they had operated the gang for several years.
Colonel Tran Thanh Tra, the city's traffic police chief, confirmed that no police officers were involved in the illegal service and that the stickers were useless.
Police are investigating the case.
The arrestees at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City