Police in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa have broken up an illegal ring that produces and sells guns and bullets at cheap prices.
Officers in Quan Hoa District confirmed on Thursday they had raided the house of 58-year-old Luong Van Vuot in Hoi Xuan Town.
Police found two homemade guns, three gun barrels, eight kilograms of iron balls, 1,500 explosive particles, over four kilograms of explosive precursors, sulfur, brimstones, and many other exhibits related to the manufacturing of guns and bullets.
Vuot claimed he had produced the guns and bullets and sold them to residents in Hoi Xuan Town, who used the weapons to hunt wild animals as a hobby.
|Materials used in the manufacturing of guns and bullets are held at a police station in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre|
The man sold his guns at VND500,000 (US$21) each and iron balls at VND20,000 ($0.86) per 100 grams.
It is not uncommon for residents in the mountainous district of Quan Hoa to make and use homemade guns to hunt wildlife at local forests, posing high risks to social order and security as well as the safety of local people.
Further investigation into the case is ongoing.