A Chinese man being wanted in China for murder allegations has been caught for using fake identification to smuggle guns from Cambodia into Vietnam.
Tay Ninh police on Tuesday announced that they were in final steps before proposing charges of “illegal trading of military weapons” against Lian Shao Ming of Shangdong, China.
The crime is punishable by jail terms from 5-12 years for cross-border smuggling, in addition to a fine of up to VND50 million (US$2,310).
Investigators found that Ming killed a person in Guangdong in 2001 and fled to Vietnam through Lang Son Border Gate to avoid Chinese police’s investigation.
Lian Shao Ming is facing charges of weapon smuggling.
He migrated to Ho Chi Minh City and bought a fake ID card under the Vietnamese name of Tran Thien Minh and residency in HCMC’s District 9.
On March 14, he went to Cambodia and met a local man who offered to sell him two pistols for $1,000 apiece.
He bought the gun, plus 200 cartridges for $400, with intention to resell in Vietnam for profit.
Tay Ninh police arrested Ming on March 15 when he was receiving the guns hidden in a bag that he had hired a xe om (motorbike taxi) driver to carry across the border.