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Two Chinese suspects arrested with Bt10m worth of rhino horns

Oct 12. 2017
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By Suthinan Khongsin
The Nation

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

Suvarnabhumi Airport Customs Office director Bhuntiam Chokwiwat said 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.

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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