return icon

Trafficking rings in gold, dollars and drugs uncovered in pre-Tet period

A number of agencies have recently discovered multiple smuggling and drug trafficking cases that were handling large quantities.



On January 17, A05 of the Ministry of Public Security joined with other forces and discovered a trafficking ring transporting and storing rudimentary weapons and support tools.

The ring was led by Nguyen Dang Ninh, born in 1987, and his wife Vu Kim Hoa, born in 1990, in Da Ton commune in Gia Lam district in Hanoi.

They had ordered weapons from Mong Cai border gate in Quang Ninh and Tan Thanh in Lang Son, and gathered the weapons in the apartment in Da Ton commune before carrying them away for sale.

They used social network accounts to post videos and live-streamed to advertise weapons. After taking orders from clients, they sent products through a fast delivery service or by coach.

The police seized nearly 3,000 rudimentary weapons and support tools, including knives, swords, electric batons and more.

This was a large-scale ring with interprovincial operation, supplying large quantities of weapons to many cities and provinces throughout the country.

On Jan 10, An Giang Police caught Nguyen Thanh Binh, 57, in Long Xuyen City and Trang Kien Tuong, 46, in Chau Doc City smuggling gold from Cambodia to Vietnam. Policemen seized three gold bullions, $170,000, and VND700 million.

On the evening of the same day, the police sent out an urgent search warrant for Phuoc Quang Gold Shop on Nguyen Trai street in Long Xuyen City, and two other places related to Binh and Cuong, and seized 15 kilograms of jewelry gold, more than $2.1 million and some foreign currencies, VND25 billion, documents and mobile phones.

On Jan 13, Cam Lo district Police in Quang Tri province discovered and seized 1,500 bottles of foreign wine with unclear origin. To escape the police’s notice, the delivery was carried out at the dumping ground in Cam Tuyen commune.

On Jan 5, Da Nang Port’s customs agency found suspicious signs in the consignment of a container from Nigeria at TienSa Port.

The goods owner declared that it was a cashew nut consignment. However, the police found 456 kilograms of ivory and 6.2 kilograms of pangolin scales. These are endangered wild animals listed in CITES.

In July 2021, Da Nang Customs Agency examined one container from South Africa to Tien Sa Port, and discovered 138 kilograms of rhino horns and more than 3.1 tons of animal bones.

The horns and animal bones were put in carton boxes, tightly wrapped with plastic rope, with different sizes, types and weights, packed separately in the container. The goods owner reported that the imports were timber.

Da Nang Vice Mayor Tran Phuoc Son said that smuggling has increased in the days before Tet. He asked agencies to tighten control at airports, post offices, seaports and coastal areas. 

Ho Giap

Six tonnes of ivory and pangolin scales seized at Tien Sa port

Six tonnes of ivory and pangolin scales seized at Tien Sa port

Six tonnes of smuggled ivory tusks and pangolin scales have been discovered in a container at Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang.

Ministry investigates evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar

Ministry investigates evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has issued a decision to investigate the evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar products originating from...



Two additional enterprises allowed to export pangasius to EAEU

HCM City has ambitious greenery plans for 2022

HCM City plans to add at least 10 hectares of parks and two hectares of public green spaces, and plant or rehabilitate 6,000 trees this year to make the city greener and more beautiful.

Two additional enterprises allowed to export pangasius to EAEU

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (FSVPS) have recently added two more seafood enterprises to the list of Vietnamese firms permitted to export to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), as of May 4.

Vietnam seeks climate finance from G7

The partnership with the world’s advanced economies will help Vietnam address financial problems to pursue the low-carbon strategy.

Hoa Phat fined for having no independent board members

Hoa Phat Group JSC (HPG), a leading Vietnamese steelmaker, has been fined VND125 million for having no independent members on its board of directors.


Miss Supranational Vietnam 2022 debuts in HCM City


SEA Games 31: Vietnamese archers secure two silver medals

HCM City set to pilot casino scheme at luxurious hotels

HCM City is planning to pilot the opening of casinos at hotels rated five stars and above in popular tourist destinations for Vietnamese citizens aged 18 and over.

Fresh opportunities for Vietnam-US cooperation in tourism development and trade

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has voiced his hope that US partners to support Vietnam in policy consultation, capital, human resources, infrastructure systems, technology, and governance.

Prime Minister invites US investment in digital transformation

Meeting with US financial corporations, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam is dealing with problems to make the capital market develop in a safe, transparent, effective and sustainable way.

Vietnam's stock market has potential in long term

After the longest losing streak in the past ten years, the VN-Index fell off the 1,200-point mark - an important support level established in 2018.

HCMC seeks to remove obstacles facing 38 property projects

The HCMC government has asked the Department of Construction to coordinate with other departments and agencies to quickly remove bottlenecks facing 38 real estate projects in the city as proposed by the HCMC Real Estate Association (HoREA).

Vietnam removes anti-dumping duties on steel imports from China, S.Korea

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to remove anti-dumping duties on coated steel imports from South Korea and China after five years of imposing the duty.

Local gold regulation considered 'outdated' amid skyrocketing prices

With the price of a tael of gold in Vietnam more than US$800 higher than in the rest of the world, local experts say the local regulation of gold prices is unsuitable.

Encouraging results with Mobile Money deployment in VN

Le Anh Dung, deputy director of the Payment Department under the State Bank of Vietnam, noted that the Mobile Money service has grown positively.