Rhino horns weighing 13.1 kilograms in total confiscated from a man's luggage at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, on March 10
Ho Chi Minh City customs authorities said Wednesday they have handed over a Vietnamese man and five rhino horns he was suspected of smuggling into Vietnam to the police.
According to Tan Son Nhat International Airport customs officers, they found the horns, weighing around 13.1 kilograms and worth some VND15 billion (US$711,000), in the man’s luggage Monday.
They said the horns came from African rhinoceros but not where the man flew in from.
The Ministry of Public Security is investigating.
As a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Vietnam prohibits the import, export, and trade of African rhino products for commercial purposes.
The country has faced criticism from international conservation groups for failing to fight poaching and the illegal trade in ivory, rhino horns, and tiger parts.
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