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Man held for illegal hoarding, trading of weapons in Ho Chi Minh City

Man held for illegal hoarding, trading of weapons in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, June 08, 2021, 15:47 GMT+7
Man held for illegal hoarding, trading of weapons in Ho Chi Minh City
In this combined image supplied by police, Le Trong Nghia is seen in police custody, along with the weapons seized from his temporary residence in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City police have discovered many guns and lethal tools unlawfully stockpiled by a local man in his temporary residence.

A special task force from the municipal police made the discovery during a search of the temporary residence of 28-year-old Le Trong Nghia in Phu Nhuan District on Friday last week.

Earlier on the same day, while on patrol around the city, the team found Nghia traveling on a motorbike with many suspicious signs, so they stopped the man for examination.

As Nghia failed to present his driver’s license, the task force escorted him to its office for further questioning.

During the interrogation, the suspect admitted that he was hoarding weapons in a house on Phan Dinh Phung Street in Phu Nhuan.

The team then coordinated with local police to search the house and found five handguns, one long gun, many magazines, some tear gas sprays, and other support tools.

The man said he had bought the weapons from traders on social media for resale.

As the man tested positive for narcotics, police have sent him to a rehabilitation center.

Verification of the origin of the weapons is underway, police officers said.

As shown in his criminal records, Nghia was once arrested by police in neighboring Binh Duong Province in 2018 for “illegal manufacture, storage, transport, use, or appropriation of military weapons or devices," investigators reported.

Two years later, police officers in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 detained and then sent him to a rehabilitation facility for compulsory detoxification.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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