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City customs officers seize elephant tusks

Update: September, 29/2014 - 09:13
The tusks were part of a batch of goods from Africa that were declared as cashew nuts and hidden in cashew packs.— Photo nld

HCM CITY (VNS) – Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport yesterday reported the seizure of 59 illegally-transported elephant tusks weighing more than 40 kilos and worth more than VND2.4 billion (US$114,300).

The tusks were part of a batch of goods from Africa that were declared as cashew nuts and hidden in cashew packs. The case has been placed under further investigation.

So far this year, the airport's customs officers have reported six cases of illegal ivory transport and seized more than 300 kilos of tusks worth up to VND18 billion ($857,100). — VNS


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