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Elephant tusks, leopard skins smuggled from Africa seized at airport

Update: May, 15/2017 - 17:24
A Vietnamese woman who smuggled elephant tusks and leopard skins was arrested at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất airport on Sunday.— Photo courtesy of airport’s customs
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Tân Sơn Nhất airport customs officers on Sunday found elephant tusks and tails, leopard skins, and wild animal claws worth VNĐ2 billion (US$90,000) in the luggage of a Vietnamese woman who had been on a flight from Africa to HCM City.

The name of the woman was not disclosed.

Checking the luggage of the 62-year-old passenger, the officers found nearly four kilogrammes of elephant tusks, nine elephant tails, three leopard skins and many claws, all of which were from animals listed in the Red Book, according to the HCM City Customs Department.

Last month, the airport’s customs officers detected several smuggling cases of rhino horns, elephant tusks and pangolin scales worth a total of over VNĐ10 billion ($450,000), transported from Africa to HCM City. — VNS



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