15 Nov '11, 1pm

Hong Kong seizes record haul of rhino horns

Hong Kong seizes record haul of rhino horns

HONG KONG : Hong Kong Customs officers have seized a record haul of 33 rhino horns along with ivory chopsticks and bracelets hidden inside a container shipped from South Africa, officials said on Tuesday. Officers found the horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets in a haul worth a total of about HK$17.4 million (US$2.2 million) during a search Monday of a container declared as containing "scrap plastic". Senior Customs official Lam Tak-fai told RTHK radio the horns were carefully wrapped in multiple layers of materials and hidden in the rear of the container. "We think the smugglers wanted to make it look like waste plastic material so as to evade Customs detection," he said, adding the haul was believed to have been destined for a neighbouring country. Lam said rhino horns had been seized in Hong Kong in the past but never in such large quantities. "...

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