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In Vietnam, driver runs truck full of smuggled cigarettes into canal to evade police

In Vietnam, driver runs truck full of smuggled cigarettes into canal to evade police

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:19 GMT+7
In Vietnam, driver runs truck full of smuggled cigarettes into canal to evade police
A truck full of smuggled cigarettes was driven into a canal in An Giang Province, Vietnam, August 18, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

After a short police chase, a group of smugglers in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam purposely crashed their truck carrying almost 6,000 packs of contraband cigarettes into a canal and fled the scene.

The illicit operation was spotted by an anti-smuggling police team around 2:00 am on Wednesday while on patrol in Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, An Giang.

The patrol team ordered the driver to pull over, but he refused and sped up to escape.

Cargoes of smuggled cigarettes are seized by police of An Giang Province, August 18, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Containers of smuggled cigarettes are seized by police in An Giang Province, Vietnam, August 18, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Police pursued the truck to Tra Su Canal, where the smugglers steered their vehicle down to the waterway and quickly escaped the scene. 

Upon searching the truck, police officers found 5,960 packs of cigarettes, which are now in the custody of Tinh Bien District for further investigation. 

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