JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnamese man arriving from S.Korea caught carrying 30kg of suspected rhino horns

Wednesday, March 04, 2020, 17:46 GMT+7
Vietnamese man arriving from S.Korea caught carrying 30kg of suspected rhino horns

A Vietnamese man has been caught carrying nearly 30 kilograms of suspected rhino horns after his flight from South Korea landed in Vietnam.

The customs department at Can Tho International Airport, located in the namesake Mekong Delta city, confirmed on Tuesday they had booked Do Thanh Son, a 38-year-old Vietnamese citizen, for the violation.

Son boarded a flight from South Korea to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

However, the flight was redirected to Can Tho so that all passengers would be quarantined upon arrival as requested by Vietnamese authorities.

The Vietnamese government previously announced that all people arriving from South Korea must be quarantined for 14 days given the rapid increase in cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the East Asian country.

Spotting suspicious signs, customs officers at the Can Tho airdrome asked Son to open his luggage for hand inspection.

The man refused to cooperate at first, explaining that the suitcases contained processed koi fish.

Competent authorities were eventually able to examine the luggage and discovered 11 suspected rhino horns weighing 28.7 kilograms in total.

The suspected wildlife parts have been confiscated for further investigation, while Son has been sent to a quarantine area in accordance with regulations.

Transporting or trading wildlife parts is a criminal offense in Vietnam punishable by between six months and 12 years in prison, according to the country’s Penal Code.

South Korea has confirmed over 5,300 COVID-19 infections and 32 deaths by the disease as of Wednesday afternoon, making it the biggest cluster outside of China, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

COVID-19, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 93,000 people and killed 3,202 globally, according to the same source.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News


Read more




Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news