Ho Chi Minh City border guards have arrested the captain and 11 crew members of a cargo ship for smuggling in 45 air rifles from Thailand.
Thanh Cong 36 was raided when it was anchored in the Soai Rap River after border guards were tipped off about the smuggling by an unnamed source, a source told Thanh Nien.
A total of 45 Indonesian-made Sharp Innova Tiger Long Barrel air rifles were found hidden in a secret chamber amid a cargo of plaster.
Captain Phung Van Chieu, 45, confessed he had bought the guns in Thailand to sell in Vietnam for a profit.
Vietnam has stringent regulations for the import and use of air guns, which can only be used by organizations like sport teams. No private ownership is allowed.
The police are investigating further.