Man caught smuggling 1,000 crocodiles to China

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Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh have arrested a man for smuggling after catching him transporting 1,000 crocodiles to a river bordering China, newswire VnExpress reported Thursday.


Pham Quang Manh, 40, of Hung Yen Province faces charges of "illegally transporting goods via border."


On Tuesday, police in Mong Cai City caught Manh driving a truck carrying the 1,000 crocodiles, which weighed a total of 15 tons, to a river near the Bac Son Border Station.


Manh told police the crocodiles, of which 920 are alive, were about to board a boat heading for China.


The crocs are worth an estimated VND1 billion (US$48,000) in total.


Police are investigating the case and trying to identify the owner of the animals.

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