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Vietnam police investigate suspected gold smuggling from Cambodia

Saturday, October 31, 2020, 15:27 GMT+7
Vietnam police investigate suspected gold smuggling from Cambodia
Evidence of a suspected gold smuggling case in Chau Doc City, An Giang, October 30, 2020. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Police in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, which borders Cambodia, are investigating a case where a group of people illegally smuggled 51 kilograms of golden metal that is suspected to be gold from the neighboring country into Vietnam on Friday afternoon.

Senior Colonel Dinh Van Noi, director of the An Giang Department of Public Security, on Friday night said that while police officers were patrolling near the Vietnam-Cambodia border as per his direction earlier the same day, they found a group of people boarding a motorboat entering Vietnam from Cambodia and showing suspicious signs.

The group stopped and docked the motorboat in Vinh Chanh 1 Village, Vinh Nguon Ward, located in Chau Doc City, and started shouldering sacks and black plastic bags ashore.

Senior Colonel Dinh Van Noi, director of the An Giang Department of Public Security, talks with police officers at the scene of a gold smuggling case in Chau Doc City, An Giang, October 30, 2020. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Senior Colonel Dinh Van Noi, director of the An Giang Department of Public Security, talks with police officers at the scene of a suspected gold smuggling case in Chau Doc City, An Giang, October 30, 2020. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

When the police force approached, that group of people fought back and got on the motorboat to escape.

Police officers managed to arrest one suspect, 49-year-old Tran Van Hai, from Phuoc Tho Village in Da Phuoc Commune, An Phu District and seized two sacks together with one black plastic bag, which contained about 51 kilograms of golden metal alleged to be gold.

Police officers examine the scene of a gold smuggling case in Chau Doc City, An Giang, October 30, 2020. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Police officers examine the scene of a suspected gold smuggling case in Chau Doc City, An Giang, October 30, 2020. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Senior Colonel Noi directed police officers to carry out the examination of the scene, expanding the investigation into the case and hunting for other related suspects.

“We are currently directing police officers to investigate the case on a wider scale to collect more evidence,” said Noi.

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