Hundreds of kilos of wild animals seized in central Vietnam

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Police in the north-central province of Quang Tri seized more than 237 kilograms of live snakes, pythons, lizards and pangolins hidden under a bus with a Laotian license plate.

Traffic police officers flagged down the passenger bus driven by a man identified only as Suong, a Huong Hoa resident, when the vehicle reached Quang Tri's Lao Bao Town on Thursday (February 21).

It was heading for Da Nang City in central Vietnam from Pakse, which is the capital city of Champasak Province in southern Laos. 

Police also confiscated 10 tons of coffee beans and one cubic meter of Sindora tonkinensis timber placed on the hood of the vehicle and in its floorboard.

Suong has confessed that all the goods in the vehicle come from Laos and he had been hired by several people to carry them into Vietnam for consumption.

Quang Tri police are investigating further.

On January 26, Huong Hoa District rangers raided another passenger bus with Laotian license plate carrying dozens of kilograms of animals including 60 kilograms of snakes and 12 kilograms of tortoises from Laos' Savannakhet Province, which borders Quang Tri to Da Nang City.

Driver Ta Xuan Canh from Da Nang City said a customer had hired him to transport the animals from Laos to Vietnam.

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