Vietnamese police have arrested a man for allegedly smuggling electronics from Hong Kong into Vietnam on a ship owned by the state-owned shipping firm Vinalines, a source told Thanh Nien Thursday.
Nguyen Dang Quy, 33, from the northern city of Hai Phong, is now under investigation together with four others who have also been arrested, including captain Bui Tran Nguyen and chief mechanic Nguyen Ngoc Minh of Vinalines' Pioneer ship.
Initial police reports said the ring was led by Le Van Tien, also from Hai Phong, while Nguyen Thi Thu Lieu from Hanoi was in charge of selling the goods.
Police started investigating the case after finding 50 cartons of electronics, including iPhones, iPads, and fax machines, on the ship when it was docked at the Transvina port in Hai Phong on September 3.
The undocumented goods were initially estimated to be worth VND10 billion (US$480,000) in total, police said.
Further investigations into the case are now underway.