Authorised agencies' staff check and count the pangolins. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ TĨNH — Local police have arrested a couple on suspicion of transporting 30 live pangolins in a coach in the central province of Hà Tĩnh.
Phan Văn Dũng and Đặng Thị Lài were arrested when they were on a coach that the husband was driving, travelling from Cầu Treo International Border Gate to Tây Sơn Town at noon on Monday.
Dũng reportedly admitted to police that a person from Laos hired them to illegally transport the pangolins, weighing about 150 kilos, from Laos to Việt Nam via the border gate. Local police are investigating the case.
Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked animal in the world.
In Việt Nam, illegal hunting, trading, poaching and transportation of even one pangolin can be punished with one to five years imprisonment and a fine of between VNĐ500 million (US$21,700) and VNĐ2 billion ($86,000).— VNS