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Hanoi police seize big bulk of contraband, including Ensure liquid milk

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 19:07 GMT+7
Hanoi police seize big bulk of contraband, including Ensure liquid milk
A police officer checks the Ensure liquid milk found at two warehouses of Quang Thanh Co., headquartered in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi late last month.

Hanoi police on Friday said they had seized a big volume of smuggled goods including milk, body wash, and toothpaste from a Vietnamese firm.

The seizure followed a raid on the two warehouses of Quang Thanh Co., headquartered in Hoan Kiem District, late last month.

On April 24, police officers found nearly 1,000 Ensure liquid milk cardboard boxes containing 27,000 bottles, 700 bottles of Dove body wash, and 1,800 tubes of toothpaste without any certificate of origin.

After working with investigators, a number of individuals of the firm admitted all the goods found in the warehouses were contraband.

The swoop was launched after police found Quang Thanh Co. receiving a tractor-trailer bringing goods to the two warehouses in Hai Ba Trung District.

Police officers then examined and discovered the newly-unloaded goods having signs of rule violation, as all the Ensure liquid milk bottles have a label saying "not to be sold in Vietnam and Mexico" and a number of body wash, shampoo, and toothpaste containers were brought to the places without any receipt.

Police thus sealed the entire warehouses and the whole container on the truck to bring it back to their storage facility for investigation.

The raid was part of a general plan on fighting smuggling and trade fraud in the capital city, in which police discovered many stores selling smuggled goods, including Ensure liquid milk produced in foreign countries that has no license for import into and distribution in Vietnam.

Police then traced down the sources of the products, which led them to many firms, including Quang Thanh Co.

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