Border police in the northern province of Lao Cai on Friday night caught a teenager trying to smuggle four kilograms of gold from China.
The police said Saturday that 17-year-old Chu Van Doanh from nearby Ha Nam Province was caught at around 9p.m. with four pieces of 99.95 gold hidden in his belt, said Pham Ngoc Tieu, head of the border security station at the Lao Cai international border gate.
Doanh was wearing a rather long coat outside his shirt to cover the metal. It was equal to 104.8 teals of gold, worth around VND2.75 billion (US$143,600) at current prices.
Doanh failed to produce a permit for transporting precious metal. He told the police he was hired by a Vietnamese man in China whose name he does not know to bring the gold to Vietnam. He was paid VND200,000 for each piece, he said.
The young man has been detained for further investigation.