|Customs officers at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport caught a woman allegedly trying to smuggle in four kilogrammes of ivory and pangolin scales on a flight from Angola. Photo vietnamnet.vn|
HCM CITY — An unidentified woman, 34, was caught allegedly smuggling over four kilogrammes of ivory and pangolin scales worth VNĐ250 million (US$11,000) hidden in a frozen salmon’s belly and milk cartons on a flight from Angola to Việt Nam on Thursday.
Customs officers at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport said the ivory, which was in the form of bracelets and bead necklaces, and the scales, which were in small pieces, were divided and wrapped in several pieces of silver paper before being hidden.
The woman has been taken in for questioning.
Pangolin scales are used in Chinese traditional medicine to cure a variety of ills. — VNS