Six people were arrested for smuggling 92 kilograms of gold from An Giang Province to Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday.
They were not initially arrested when they were first caught in the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang, halfway between An Giang and HCMC, earlier this month.
Among the arrested are Nguyen Thi Tuyet Van, 39, and Nguyen Ngoc Luan, 52, and the smugglers Tran Phi Toan, 39, Hong Duc Sanh, 60, Le Van Don, 51, and Nguyen Van Loi, 31. All come from An Giang in the Mekong Delta.
Police in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang, found Toan driving a Ford Everest SUV carrying 92 one-kilogram bars of undocumented gold on February 4.
The amount was equal to 2,450 taels, worth US$3.3 million, according to gold prices at the time of arrest.
Statements by the four led the police to Van and Luan. They admitted owning the gold and trying to sell it to a gold shop in District 5, HCMC. Van owned one third of the gold.
The gold had been smuggled from other countries, they said.
Source: Tuoi Tre