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Authorities have confiscated 11 African elephant tusks from Ethiopia at Suvarnabhumi Airport and arrested a Vietnamese man who was trying to smuggle them out of the country.
Nguyen Hoai Nam was arrested on Saturday while waiting to board a Thai Airways International flight to Phnom Penh, said Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Officials charged Nguyen with taking the tusks out of the African country and into the kingdom without permission.
Nguyen said he had been hired by another Vietnamese to transport the ivory from Ethiopia to Cambodia, according to Mr Theerapat.
Thailand has seized about 10 tonnes of ivory brought in by smugglers over the past three years, according to the department.
The country is on a watch list by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) as a major hub for the illegal trade in ivory. Other countries where the problem is rampant include China, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Source: Online news; http://www.bangkokpost.com