HCM City: 15kg of elephant tusks seized at Tan Son Nhat Airport

About 15 kilogrammes of South African elephant tusks were seized by the customs office at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on July 19.

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About 15 kilogrammes of South African elephant tusks, cut into 31 small pieces, were seized at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on July 19.


The customs officers at the airport discovered the amount of ivories, cut into 31 small pieces, hidden inside a consignment en route from the Czech Republic to Vietnam.

The smuggled ivories were estimated to worth about 1 billion VND (44,840 USD).

They were shipped to a 23-year-old man, Vietnamese national, living in the Mekong Delta province of Long An. He was not able to show any valid license for importing ivory when handling customs clearance.

The case is under further investigation.

In Hanoi, police of Hoang Mai district discovered six sacks containing dozens of elephant tusks in a raid of the house of a man named Phan Trong Kien in Hoang Liet commune on July 17.

The sacks were found in a room on the third floor of the house and in a nearby house owned by Kien’s relative.

Kien told the police that he bought the tusks at a price of eight million VND (351 USD) per kilogram.

Earlier the same day, the police caught three men transporting 15 kilograms of elephant tusks on their bikes. They confessed that Kien was the owner of tusks.

According to initial information, Kien was a supplier of animals for restaurants.

Vietnam has banned the import and export of elephant ivory since 1992.

VNA

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