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VN seizes 66 turtles smuggled from Cambodia

Update: October, 24/2016 - 10:58
The Forestry Management Department of the southern province of Tây Ninh has received 66 turtles, weighing a total of 50 kilogrammes, seized by Mộc Bài Border Gate customs officers on a coach from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. — Photo baohaiquan.vn

TÂY NINH — The Forestry Management Department of the southern province of Tây Ninh has received 66 turtles, weighing a total of 50 kilogrammes, seized by Mộc Bài Border Gate customs officers on a coach from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. 

Mang Văn Thới, deputy director of the department, said the owner of the captured rare wild animals failed to present any legal documents proving their origin. The animals will be released into the natural environment after relevant procedures are completed.

According to the customs division at the Mộc Bài Border Gate, the turtles were found last Friday on a coach from Phnom Penh to Việt Nam. The driver confessed that he was hired in Cambodia to transport the turtles to HCM City for selling. — VNS

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