Police seize two tiger bodies carried in car
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On examination of a speeding car, traffic police in central Quang Binh Province discovered that it was carrying two tiger bodies weighing nearly 200 kg.
Two tiger carcasses and fake car number plates Photo: Tuoi Tre
Police stopped the suspicious car as it was travelling on National Highway 1A in Thanh Trach Commune, Bo Trach District at 5:30 yesterday morning.
One of the carcasses was dried and weighs 138 kg, while the other weighs 60 kg and had its skin removed.
The police also seized several tortoise shells and numerous bones of unidentified animals inside the car.
The vehicle’s driver, Ho Van Bang, 41, of Nghe An Province, and another man in the car, Nguyen Van Ngon, said they were hired to transport the items from Nghe An to Quang Tri for sale, said Major Bui Quang Thanh, deputy head of the provincial police traffic department.
The police also found seven fake car number plates hidden in the car.
According to the local forestry protection sub-department, the dead animals belong to a striped-tiger species.
The police are investigating to track down the origin of the bodies and find out what purposes the false number plates have been, or would be, used for.
A similar case occurred in Nghe An Province in late May, when police seized three frozen tiger carcasses weighing 300 kilograms after chasing down smugglers who were transporting the dead animals in a car.
23-year-old Nguyen Dinh Hai, from Ha Tinh Province, was arrested while his two accomplices fled. The police also seized weapons and several fake car license plates hidden in the car.