More than 2,200cu.m of A95 petrol was seized on the water territory of Quang Ngai Province, police announced on Wednesday. The petrol had no customs declaration and authorities suspect it had been smuggled.
|Authorities inspect the ships before moving them to Ky Ha Port in Quang Nam Province for further investigation. — Photo tuoitre.vn|
On April 14, the Ministry of Public Security's Investigation Police Department on Economic, Corruption-related Crimes and Smuggling and Quang Ngai authorities discovered a foreign-flagged ship transporting liquid suspected to be petrol to a Vietnamese ship about 20 nautical miles to the southeast of Ly Son Island.
The seized petrol was worth about VND40 billion (US$1.7 million).
Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper reported the foreign ship, named M/T Pioneer Spirit, is from South Korea. The Vietnamese ship is coded QNg-0350 and managed by Ly Son 2 Logistic Service Company.
Kim Chong Hun claimed to be the foreign ship’s owner.
Twenty one people were on board when the ships were accosted.
Seven people are in temporary detention for investigation. Police are expanding their investigation to probe violations of other people involved.