HCMC police charge two for illegal animal trafficking

Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday filed charges against two men for violating the law for Management of Endangered, Precious, and rare Species of Wild Plants and Animals.

Ha Van Nga, (born 1971) from District 12, and Bang Tien Quan, (born 1974) from Binh Thanh District were charged by the investigation police in HCMC for breach of law for Management of Endangered, Precious, and rare Species of Wild Plants and Animals.

According to police investigation, Nga has been buying wild animals illegally from unknown Laotians and street vendors at the Cau Treo border gate in the central province of Ha Tinh, since 2008, and selling them at exorbitant rates to dubious traders.

Bang Tien Quan bought a tiger skeleton from Nga on December 13 and was arrested by the police. From Quan’s testimony, police raided   Nga’s houses in District 12 and in Cu Chi District where they seized 6 wild animal carcasses in his deep freezers, two dead tigers in wine barrels, 6 gaur horns, 4 ivory tusks, 10 elk deer horns and several tiger and lion fangs.

In related news, police in the central province of Ha Tinh on Monday seized nearly 2 tons of smuggled snakes, turtles and monitor lizards from a truck on the National Highway 8A in Huong Son District.

A team of anti-smuggling police officers intercepted the truck and its driver Nguyen Van Linh, 26, at around 11 a.m. The loot included hundreds of plastic bags and containers filled with rare animal species worth over VND1.5 billion.

Linh failed to produce any legal documents for his cargo.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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