Police in Hanoi Thursday raided a train that had come in from the northern province of Lang Son and confiscated about 20 tons of allegedly smuggled goods worth over VND12 billion (US$615,542).
Hundreds of police officers conducted the raid on the train numbered DD4 that runs from the Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son to Gia Lam Station in Hanoi
They found seven compartments full of goods, but during the inspection, the goods' owners and porters resisted the police and took away with them all goods from three compartments.
This prompted police to use "devices and tools" to protect themselves and to call for reinforcements.
After escorting the remaining four compartments to the Hanoi Station, they found various goods like clothes, footwear, and cosmetics.
Le Hong Son, deputy chief of Hanoi police's economics crime investigation department (PC46) said many "professional" smuggling rings were operating on the route, trafficking goods from China.
Porters usually disguised themselves as passengers, bringing a certain amount of goods with them. But, when the train was about to leave the station, they opened all the windows to take more goods onboard, Son said.
At each destination, other porters would wait to unload goods with a group of "protectors," he added.
Police are investigating the illegal practice further, Son said.