Man detained at Tan Son Nhat Airport for ivory smuggling
  • |, LD | April 25, 2019 04:22 PM
A man was arrested at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City for illegally carrying elephant tusks.

The man whose name has not yet been disclosed is from the central province of Ha Tinh and was caught transporting the two elephant tusks weighing 10 kg. The ivories were painted black, covered with aluminium foil and put in a box containing lobsters and dried fish.


The two elephant tusks weigh 10 kg in total

According to the Institute of Tropical Biology of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the tusks originated from the African bush elephant. The animal is at threat of extinction according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Tan Son Nhat Airport authorities are working with related agencies on further investigations.

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