Vietnam police seize smuggled pangolins from car

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Environment police in the central province of Ha Tinh on Sunday seized 106 live pangolins from a car on a highway.

On Sunday afternoon, a group of police officers signaled a Toyota Camry on Highway 8A section through Duc Tho District's Duc Long Commune to stop.

Nguyen Van Ngon, the 38-year-old driver, ignored the request and sped up. A chase began between police and the driver, with the driver crashing the car into the police patrol car.

When police finally caught the driver, police seized 106 live pangolins, weighing around 400 kilograms, from the trunk and back seats of the car.

They also seized some weapons, including wooden and iron sticks, and dozens of fake license plates.

The driver and his 31-year-old assistant, Do Manh Viet, were arrested. The two could not produce papers to prove the origin of the wild animals.

According to police, the smuggled pangolin batch may fetch more than VND1 billion (US$47,600).

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The anteaters were handed over to the provincial Forest Management Department.

Police are still investigating the case.

Pangolins are often hunted for meat in many parts of Africa and for remedies in Chinese traditional medicine. They are listed in Vietnam's Red Data Book as endangered.

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