Truck transporting 2.7 tons of elephant tusks stopped in central Vietnam

Video PlayerClose HANOI, July 9 (Xinhua) — Police and market control forces of Vietnam’s central Thanh Hoa found a truck transporting over 2.7 tons of elephant tusks without proper documents, the provincial authorities said on Sunday. After being stopped by the forces in Thanh Hoa on Saturday, the truck driver from the central highlands of Dak Lak confessed that he was hired to transport the elephant tusks from southern Dong Nai province to Hanoi capital city.

Thanh Hoa police are investigating the elephant tusk case, the biggest of its kind in the province.

In April and May, Vietnamese customs officers detected several cases of smuggling elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolin scales worth nearly 450,000 U.S. dollars from Africa to Ho Chi Minh City.

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