Hanoi police arrested one person and seized a car with 245 kilograms of pangolin meat on December 13, in a crackdown on illegal trade of wild animals.
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Pangolins are protected wild animal species in Vietnam.
A news release from the Department for Prevention and Control of Environmental Crimes said that the suspect was transporting the animal meat from Ha Tinh Province to Hanoi to sell in the market. One other accomplice of the arrested man managed to escape.
Police ordered a car (no. 30U-1976) travelling at high speed to stop but the driver sped away.
The Department for Prevention and Control of Environmental Crimes coordinated with police officials in Phu Xuyen District of Hanoi to stop the car and arrest driver Nguyen Duy Vui from getting away.
Police ultimately stopped the car and found six car number plates inside. Vui admitted he was travelling with another man who escaped before the police caught up with him. That man had paid him money to deliver the meat, added Vui.
Police said that the crackdown on illegal trade of wild animals began a month ago, involving both the police department and environmental agencies.