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​Trucks caught smuggling 1,000 second-hand electronic products from Cambodia into Vietnam

Wednesday, August 01, 2018, 16:11 GMT+7
​Trucks caught smuggling 1,000 second-hand electronic products from Cambodia into Vietnam
Border guard officers in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Phuoc confiscate the contraband products. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two trucks have been caught attempting to smuggle over 1,000 used electronic products worth over VND4 billion (US$171,152) from Cambodia into Vietnam.

Officers at the Hoa Lu Border Gate in the southern province of Binh Phuoc confirmed on Tuesday they had coordinated with competent agencies to deal with the case.

Preliminary information showed that the two trucks were discovered smuggling the electronic products in Loc Thanh Commune, Loc Ninh District, which is near the Vietnam-Cambodia border, on early Saturday morning.

The vehicles were carrying more than 1,000 used electronic items without legitimate paperwork proving their origin.

The smuggled goods included air conditioner components, washing machines, air purifiers, induction stoves, rice cookers, disc players, loudspeakers, and amplifiers.

Most of the products carried labels of Japanese brands, officers stated, adding that the goods cost approximately VND4 billion.

One of the two truck drivers managed to flee the scene, while the other, Tran Van Duc, claimed he had been hired by a Cambodian man for VND200,000 ($8.5) per journey.

Their task was to transport the products across the border and deliver them to some other people in Vietnam, Duc said.

He added that it was his first day on the job.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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