Tan Son Nhat International Airport where the man was caught. Photo: iStock

Authorities in Vietnam arrested a man from South Korea on Monday after he was caught with more than 400 used mobile phones at an airport.

The unidentified 35-year-old was arrested at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City when customs officers found 418 used mobile phones valued at 3 billion dong (US$128,180,) VN Express reported.

Media reports said the phones were popular brands, such as iPhones and Samsungs. Customs officers said the man did not declare the phones. Police are now investigating.

In Vietnam, individuals importing mobile phones are required to register for quality inspections with the Department of Telecommunications. Failing to do so will result in fines and an order to re-export their goods.

Two men from South Korea were jailed for three years in 2017 when a court in HCMC found them guilty of smuggling 96 used mobile phones into Vietnam.

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