Vietnamese customs authorities have handed over to the government four luxury cars suspected of being stolen in the US and smuggled into Vietnam after the apparent consignee refused to take delivery, VnExpress has reported.
According to the newswire, since suspicions emerged in April following reports that US authorities had busted a gang smuggling stolen luxury cars to Hong Kong and Vietnam, Vietnamese authorities had not received any news from the US side.
The cars -- two BMWs, a Mercedes-Benz, and a Volkswagen – were seized at Hai Phong Port March 9 after they arrived in containers of aluminum coils, leaves, and dock levelers.
Thuy Anh Minh Company, based in Hanoi, was listed as the consignee, but it refused to take delivery after finding out the containers' contents.
In April the US media reported that 16 luxury cars being shipped to Asia were seized at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports after authorities discovered that a stolen Ferrari worth at least $240,000 was among them.
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Vietnam official in the dock for using smuggled cars
The cars, estimated to be worth a total of $1.5 million, were being transported in containers labeled “used exercise equipment,” AP reported.
US authorities believed that some of the smugglers managed to escape with four cars and were now in Vietnam.
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