|Police have seized 72kg of dried leeches in Tay Ninh Province. — Photo vnexpress.net
TAY NINH (VNS) — The southern Tay Ninh Province's fisheries department yesterday destroyed 72kg of dried leeches that were smuggled from Cambodia to Viet Nam.
The police in Chau Thanh District's Thanh Long Commune earlier found Lam Van Viet, 31, to be transporting two bags of dried leeches by motorbike, and seized his cargo.
Viet said he was transporting two bags, but did not know that they contained dried leeches. He said a woman living near his house had hired him to transport the cargo, which she claimed was dried fish.
According to the department officials, four cases of transportation of live leeches, weighing a total 600kg, have been detected in the province so far this year. This was the first time the transportation of dried leeches had been detected.
Local people have been collecting and transporting leeches of late because of reports that they are used for treating diseases. There is demand from many foreigners too, but the local people don't know that trade in leeches is prohibited by law. — VNS