Cambodian major nabbed for smuggling gold into Vietnam

Major Rim Ri Linh, 50, deputy chief of the border security office in Phnom Denk, Cambodia, has been arrested for transporting 19 kilograms of gold into the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang, Huynh Ngoc Ho, head of the Customs Department at the Tinh Bien Border Gate in An Giang, affirmed on Saturday evening.

The Cambodian officer dressed in his uniform drove his automobile from Cambodia to Vietnam on Friday evening and did not stop to finish paperwork regarding his immigration.

Customs officers at the border gate coordinated with provincial police to seize the suspect as he was heading to Tinh Bien District, An Giang.

The smuggled products included 18 24-karat gold bars worth over VND17 billion (US$753,563), officers said.

According to Major Linh’s statement, he had accepted the offer of a Cambodian man named Ti to transport the gold to a Vietnamese woman in Nha Bang Town.