Police in the central province of Ha Tinh on Monday seized around two tons of smuggled snakes, turtles and monitor lizards from a truck, online newspaper Dan Tri reported.
A team of anti-smuggling police officers stopped the truck driven by Nguyen Van Linh, 26, at a checkpoint in Huong Son District at around 11 a.m.
The officers confiscated 963 kilograms of turtles, 839 kilograms of water monitors and 151 kilograms of snakes packed in sacks and baskets inside the truck.
Linh failed to produce papers to prove the origin of the animals.
He is being detained while investigations are ongoing.
The animals were handed over to the provincial Forest Management Department.