Customs officers at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport have seized an elephant tusk and a huge amount of aloeswood from a Vietnamese man who was attempting to illegally transport the goods into the home country.
|Elephant tusk and aloeswood are seized at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Photo: Tuoitre)|
Customs officers working at the southern airport first spotted a suspicious suitcase being carried by a Vietnamese man as he was travelling on the VJ802 flight from Bangkok to Vietnam on November 2.
Upon conducting a search of the man’s luggage, they discovered an elephant tusk weighing a total of 1.8kg, and approximately 22.5kg of aloeswood, which had been secretly stashed by the 41 year-old man.
All of the items are currently being kept by the airport’s customs officers as part of exhibits in the ongoing investigation. VOV
Nearly a decade ago, Vietnam lost its last rhino. Since then, the country has made great efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and protect biodiversity.
Vietnam remains a hot spot for wildlife hunting and trafficking despite efforts to curtail it.