Two Chi­nese sus­pects ar­rested with Bt10m worth of rhino horns

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Eight rhino horns worth Bt10 mil­lion were seized at Su­varn­ab­humi In­ter­na­tional Air­port as two Chi­nese sus­pects were al­legedly smug­gling the con­tra­band through Thai­land.

Su­varn­ab­humi Air­port Cus­toms Of­fice di­rec­tor Bhuntiam Chok­wi­wat said on Wed­nes­day that cus­toms of­fi­cers cap­tured the two Chi­nese men while they were in tran­sit from Zam­bia to Cambodia, as they smug­gled eight rhino horns in their check-in bag­gage on Tues­day.

The two men were iden­ti­fied as Cheng Yan Xiu and Lin Mi. Both men were charged with vi­o­lat­ing cus­toms law and il­le­gally trans­port­ing re­stricted animal parts.

Bhuntiam said of­fi­cers be­came sus­pi­cious about Cheng’s bag and stopped him for an in­spec­tion. After of­fi­cers found the rhino horns, he con­fessed that he had been hired by Lin to trans­port them for Bt25,000.

Lin de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, but of­fi­cers de­tained both men.

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