Rhino horns hidden in plaster that were transported to Việt Nam by plane. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Fifty-five pieces of rhino horn weighing 125.15kg were discovered hidden in plaster at Nội Bài International Airport on Thursday, Hà Nội Customs announced on Saturday.
The pieces of horn were shipped via an airline in 14 shipments that were registered with green-line declaration to avoid a customs check.
The authorities had to break open the plaster to uncover the horns inside.
On July 23, Hà Nôi Police found seven frozen tigers in a car in the basement parking lot of Indochina Building on Xuân Thuỷ Street, Cầu Giấy District.
A key leader of the tiger trafficking ring was arrested.
Three people were in the car when police decided to search it – 52-year-old Nguyễn Hữu Huệ, 34-year-old Phan văn Vui and 28-year-old Hồ Anh Tú, all from the central province of Nghệ An.
Huệ told police he bought the tigers in Laos and carried them to Hà Nội to sell them. Police said Huệ had led a tiger trafficking ring for years. — VNS