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Thai authorities have seized more than $500,000 worth of rhino horn from passenger’s luggage at a Bangkok airport.
Photo: Seized rhino horns are shown with alleged Vietnam smuggler Pham Quang Loc, 56, behind left, during a news conference at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday.Thai Customs officials seized more than half a million US dollars worth of rhino horn hidden inside a souvenir hippo and arrested passenger Pham Quang Loc at the airport earlier Sunday, on arrival in Thailand from Ethiopia. (AP/Apichart Weerawong)
Thai Customs officer Khanit Isdul said Sunday that officials acting on a tip-off found four rhino horns in the passenger’s luggage at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Officials arrested Phan Quangloc, a 56-year-old Vietnamese passenger who arrived with the case from Ethiopia on Sunday. He is expected to face a jail term in Thailand if convicted of smuggling.
Officials estimated the value of the confiscated horns, cut into 6 sections, at 18 million baht ($586,000).
Asia is the main market for smuggled rhino horn, as some people believe it can cure diseases. Trade in rhino parts is banned under international agreements.
January 07 2013
Source: The Jakarta Post