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Vietnam breaks up inter-provincial military weapons trading ring

Vietnam breaks up inter-provincial military weapons trading ring

Sunday, September 24, 2023, 08:19 GMT+7
Vietnam breaks up inter-provincial military weapons trading ring
Border guard officers arrest Nguyen Ho Ngoc Vinh in Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tien Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Border guards in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam, in collaboration with the police forces of Kien Giang, Kon Tum, and Binh Thuan Provinces, recently apprehended six individuals involved in the illicit trade of military weapons. 

As a result of the operation, 14 firearms, 94 rounds of ammunition, and various related documents were seized, the border guard agency said on Friday.

The aforementioned joint forces raided a café at 898 Nguyen Trung Truc Street in Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province at 8:00 am on September 17.

They caught Nguyen Ho Ngoc Vinh, a 33-year-old man from the Central Highlands provine of Gia Lai, red-handed in possession of five handguns, 15 rounds of ammunition, some gun components, bullets, and bullet casings.

At the same time, local authorities cordoned off the lodging house at 1081D Lam Quang Ky Street in Rach Gia City, where they came across Le Hoang Do and seized a firearm along with a white plastic bag suspected to contain drugs.

At 2:00 pm on the same day, officers apprehended Pham Thanh Hau, a 27-year-old resident of Chau Thanh District, Kien Giang. During the operation, they also confiscated a handgun and six bullets.

The investigative units, in collaboration with the Kien Giang border guard agency and police officers in Kon Tum Province, apprehended Ta Hung Cuong, 33, who was found hiding in the Central Highlands province’s Dak To Town, and confiscated a firearm.

Following Cuong’s testimony, authorities subsequently arrested Nguyen Van Trung, a 29-year-old resident of the same town.

In the south-central province of Binh Thuan, officers apprehended Nguyen Thanh Dong, a 36-year-old resident of Ham Thuan Nam District. 

They also seized five firearms, nearly 300 lead bullets, three copper bullets, and an assortment of tools and accessories used for assembling guns.

A total of six individuals have been apprehended, and authorities have confiscated 14 firearms, 94 bullets, two boxes containing 256 lead bullets, various gun assembly components, as well as related documents.

The authorities have detained and initiated legal proceedings against the six suspects, while the investigation continues to expand. 

This case is part of a mission to dismantle a network involved in the illegal sale and purchase of military weapons across several provinces, including Kien Giang Province.

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Bao Anh - Tien Vinh - Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre News


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