Police in the north-central province of Quang Tri are investigating the origin of a huge armory, including hundreds of swords, electronic weapons and chemical weapons, discovered inside two local groceries on Saturday.
Authorities said they found 568 swords, scimitars and knifes of all kinds, 250 electric shock batons, stun guns and cudgels, 180 tear gas sprayers, 2 guns at the two shops, the Kim Anh 1 and Kim Anh 2, at the Cam Lo District during an unexpected check on Saturday afternoon.
Hundreds of swords are store in boxes at two groceries in Quang Tri Province. Photos: Thanh Nien, Tuoi Tre.
A pointed weapon at the Kim Anh 1 grocery in Quang Tri.
Electric shock batons put in a carton inside Kim Anh 1 grocery.
The two groceries, locating in the National Road 1, also store at their back warehouses 111 boxes of aphrodisiacs, police said, adding that most of the shops’ customers are truck drivers and tourists.
They are investigating into the weapons’ origin, although inside sources cited that the goods are smuggled from China.
“They never sell the weapons to single customers on motorbikes. Their frequent customers are either drivers who load a large amount of weapon on their truck, or large group of tourists visiting on bus,” said a neighbor of the groceries.
“What will buyers use such weapons for? Either to resist against the police or to commit a crime,” said Cam Lo Police Chief Dao Trong Tien. “The weapons must be produced in China. Therefore, the mission of stopping such weapon trading should not start from groceries, but from our borders.”