Nearly 100 smuggled air guns seized in Vung Tau

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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Customs officers inspect pellet guns seized from a cargo ship. Photo: Nguyen Long Customs officers inspect pellet guns seized from a cargo ship. Photo: Nguyen Long

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Vietnamese customs officers have seized 94 smuggled air rifles on a cargo ship from Singapore which was docking in Vung Tau Port.
The crew onboard the Me Kong was unable to produce any document related to the made-in-Indonesia guns of Sharp-Innova and Sharp-Tiger brands.
Preliminary investigation found two sailors, Pham Xi and Dinh Duc Phuc, bought the rifles in Indonesia and intended to resell them in Vietnam.
On October 20, customs officers took the vessel to the PTSC Port for further investigation.
The 2,500-ton Me Kong ship is owned by Gia Long Shipping and Trading Company in Ho Chi Minh City.
The captain, Do Dong, said it was carrying equipment for oil and gas exploitation and processing.
The civilian use, transport and trade of guns are illegal in Vietnam.
In related case, HCMC police have proposed smuggling charges against 35-year-old Le Manh Cuong for smuggling 104 air guns last year.
Cuong, who had a conviction of consuming stolen products, was found smuggling the guns, 119 silencers, three scopes and 123 boxes of pellets on the Thai Binh 27 vessel on April 4, 2013.
Cuong confessed he bought the guns and equipment from an unidentified man in Indonesia.

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