Noi Bai airport customs officers have found and seized seven rhino horn hidden in the luggage of two passengers who arrived from Qatar. Meanwhile, three parts of a horn suspected to be from a rhino have been detained in Quang Ninh Province....
The two men had taken Flight QR610 from Doha, Qatar to Hanoi that day.
Neither Chien or Than had reported the horns in their customs declaration sheets submitted to Noi Bai airport customs, and when the horns were exposed, they failed to show an import license for the horns or any documents about their origin.
The horns weighed 23.5 kg in total and were wrapped in many layers of plastic and silver papers.
Before wrapping the horn with those materials, Than and Chien had used garlic to cover the surface of each horn to reduce the natural scent of the horn and avoid detection by police dogs, customs offers said.
Officials detained the passports of the two traffickers and sent the horns to the Vietnam Science and Technology Institute for testing to determine which species of rhino they had belonged to.
The total value of the horns is estimated at tens of billions of dong (VND1 billion = US$48,000)....
On the early morning of November 7, traffic police in northern Quang Ninh Province caught N.N.T. of Hanoi’s Thanh Tri District with three sections of a horn suspected to be that of a rhino on a train travelling on the Hanoi-Cam Pha route.
The sections, weighing about 3 kg in total, were hidden in T.’s backpack.
T confessed to police that he had been hired by a friend of his, who was identified simply as D, to bring the horn parts to Quang Ninh’s Cam Pha Town for VND2 million (US$96)....