Man arrested for smuggling over 5,000 packs of cigarettes hinh anh 1Hanoi’s police have arrested a man for smuggling cigarettes and cigars. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi’s police have arrested a man for smuggling cigarettes and cigars.

Nguyen Duc Hung, 44, residing on Hang Buom street of Hoan Kiem ward, was found to be trading, storing and transporting more than 5,500 packs of imported cigarettes and cigars.

According to the police, on ​ January 2 morning, the anti-smuggling police force stopped Hung, who was driving a motorbike and carrying a large carton.

Upon checking the cargo, the police found 860 packs of cigarettes of Blend No 555 Gold.

Hung was unable to show any papers for the cargo.

At the police station, Hung said he bought the cigarettes from many sellers and kept them at his store on Bach Dang street to re-sell for profit.

He was arrested while on the way to ship the cigarettes to sell to customers in Thong Nhat Park area.

Along with storing the goods at his store on Bach Dang street, Hung also kept smuggled items at his shop on Nguyen Sieu street and his house on Ngoc Lam street.

While searching these places, the police seized total 5,350 packs of cigarettes and 200 packs of cigars.

The cigarettes were brands of Marlboro, Blend No 555 Gold Pearl and Blend No 555 Original.

The value of the smuggled goods is some 200 million VND (9,000 USD). Hung has admitted to his acts.-VNA