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Nearly 100 sets of US army uniforms found being smuggled into Vietnam

Monday, August 24, 2015, 15:52 GMT+7
Nearly 100 sets of US army uniforms found being smuggled into Vietnam
Soldiers of a U.S. troop unit are seen in their uniforms in Georgia in this July 15, 2008 file photo.

Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have seized nearly 100 sets of U.S. army uniforms in a consignment sent from the U.S. to Vietnam. The customs force detected these uniforms in a shipment of an individual who arrived at the airport on a flight from the U.S. on Sunday. Such army uniforms are on the list of goods banned from being imported into Vietnam under Decision 80/2006 dated May 9, 2006 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense. Customs officers are coordinating with the Ministry of Public Security to investigate the case. In order to ensure security and order for the upcoming National Day (September 2), airport customs officers have taken many measures to detect and prevent reactionary materials, weapons and military equipment from illegally being brought into Vietnam by air, the Tan Son Nhat customs sub-department said. On July 31, the force seized 94 military handguns and 472 magazines hidden on a flight from Turkey, in what could be the first-ever large-scale weapon smuggling case by air in the city, according to officers. The airport customs, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Security’s General Economic Security Department and other units, launched an unexpected inspection of the plane and discovered the illicit firearms. The arms and ammunition originated from the Czech Republic, inspectors said. The Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department and General Economic Security Department are investigating the case, which they said seriously affects the country’s national security and social order and safety.

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