Police in Quảng Trị Province arrests a man illegally transporting five live pangolins on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo Đinh Tuấn
QUẢNG TRI — A suspected animal smuggler has fled police after a high-speed chase in the central province of Quảng Trị.
On Monday, police in Hướng Hóa District saw a man and a woman acting suspiciously on a motorbike.
Police pulled the couple over but they hit the gas, and sped off. Eventually the woman leapt from the motorbike and escaped into a coffee field.
Officers then arrested the man known as Trần Quang and discovered five live pangolins.
Quang has reportedly admitted to police he was hired to ferry the animals, that weigh 32.7kg, to Khe Sanh Township.
The missing woman is still being sought by police.
On Tuesday morning, a rescue team took the pangolins to the Wildlife Protection Centre in the Cúc Phương National Park.
Police are continuing their investigation. — VNS