Two Chinese suspects arrested with Bt10m worth of rhino horns
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.