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Customs find bag of rhino horns at Suvarnabhumi

CUSTOMS OFFICIALS found nine rhinoceros horns worth about Bt21 million in a bag at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday evening. The bag was allegedly intended for a flight to Hanoi in Vietnam.

"We have submitted the rhinoceros horns to police," Customs Department's deputy director general Paisal Chuenjit told the press yesterday.

The horns, which weighed about 21.80 kilograms, are |prohibited items under the wildlife protection law and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and |hence had to be destroyed.

"We will contact relevant authorities in Vietnam in a bid to crackdown on this smuggling gang," he said.

The bag, with a nametag reading Vanta/ Nguyen, had initially been left behind at Nairobi Airport before it was sent onward by Kenya Airways. The bag had stopped off at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday on its way to Hanoi.

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