VCN- Nearly 5.3 tons of smuggled pangolin scales hidden in an imported cashew shipment was seized by the Southern Anti-drug Enforcement Unit (Unit 3) under the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department on May 23.
|Seizing more than 8 tonnes of pangolin scales in Hai Phong|
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|More than 5 tons of pangolin scales were seized on May 23.|
The pangolin scales were packed in 151 sacks (including 146 black sacks) and hidden in a shipment of cashews to avoid detection by the competent forces.
Ngo Van Thuy, Head of the Team said that the shipment arrived at CMIT (Cai Mep-Ba Ria-Vung Tau) on May 22. Following the direction of the leaders of the General Department of Vietnam Customs and the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department, the Unit assigned officers to monitor and verify information related to this import shipment.
|Pangolin scales were hidden in black sacks. Photo: T.H|
Following received information, on May 23, Thuy signed a decision for inspection by Unit 1, Division 2 under the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department in coordination with Cai Mep Customs Branch.
By Le Thu/ Ngoc Loan