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1.3 tonnes of ivory to be investigated

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On Thursday, Sài Gòn Habour Gate’s Zone 1 Customs Branch, under HCM City Customs Department, launched an official investigation into the shipment of 1.3 tonnes of ivory.

Ivory was hidden in barrels of sawdust. – Photo tuoitre.vn

 

This is the sixth ivory shipment being transported through District 2’s Cát Lái Habour Gate from the beginning of 2017 pending investigation.

On September 6, Sài Gòn Habour Gate’s Zone 1 Customs Branch collaborated with the Ministry of Public Security and HCM City Police to inspect two suspicious containers.

After examining 100 barrels of asphalt, the functional forces found 1.3 tonnes of ivory covered with sawdust and plaster.

The containers of the Empire – Group Company Limited in Phú Nhuận District transited in Việt Nam on the way to Cambodia.

 

Source: VNS

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