Police officers search the house of Tran Huy Lap, general director of Phuc Lam Fuel Corporation. Lap has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a substandard-fuel ring – PHOTO: DONG NAI POLICE DEPARTMENT
HCMC – The Dong Nai Police Department has detained Tran Huy Lap, general director of Phuc Lam Fuel Corporation, for his alleged involvement in a 2.7-million-liter substandard-fuel ring in the province and other localities.
The department has also cooperated with some agencies under the Ministry of Public Security and police in HCMC, Lam Dong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Binh Phuoc to raid nine locations, including the headquarters, house and gas stations of the corporation.
Phuc Lam Fuel Corporation has six shareholders and is headquartered at 60A Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Phu My Ward, District 7, HCMC, the local media reported.
The Dong Nai Police Department has filed charges against more than 40 people and seized 10 vessels, six tank trucks, 2.7 million liters of substandard fuel, VND120 billion in cash and many other valuable assets.
On February 6, the department cooperated with the Criminal Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security to dispatch more than 500 police officers to inspect the storehouses, gas stations, workplaces and houses of those allegedly involved in the ring in Dong Nai, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and HCMC.
According to the initial results of the investigation, the ring provided an average of over one million liters of substandard fuel a day to the market. Since August 2020, more than 200 million liters of substandard fuel had been sold.