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Cambodian Police Seize 80 Kg of Ivory Headed for Vietnam

18 February 2014

Cambodian police said they arrested two Vietnamese men on Monday who were trying to smuggle almost 80 kilograms of illegal ivory from Africa. Deputy provincial police chief Um Amra said the two men were caught with the elephant tusks after arriving in the northwestern town of Siem Reap on a flight from South Korea. He said the ivory was originally shipped from Angola, and the men said they planned to sell it in Vietnam. Um Amra said police became suspicious when they saw the men lugging two heavy bags past customs officers. It was the first known case of ivory smuggling through Siem Reap.—AP