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Hundreds Of Kilograms Of Smuggled Elephant Tusks Found In Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY — Vietnamese customs officers in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday found hundreds of kilograms of elephant tusks hidden in two containers shipped from Africa, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The smuggled elephant tusks were well hidden in bitumen barrels in the containers shipped from Benin, the city-based Cat Lai port authorities said on Wednesday.

A company in Ho Chi Minh City declared that the two containers contained 16 tons of bitumen and they would be exported to Cambodia after transit in the city.

Earlier, in April and May, Vietnamese customs officers detected several cases of smuggling elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolin scales worth nearly US$450,000 from Africa to Ho Chi Minh City.


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