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Vietnam confiscates smuggled rhino horns worth $4 million

July 29, 2019
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In this Thursday, July 25, 2019, photo, customs officers at Noi Bai airport discover rhino horns concealed in plaster blocks in in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's customs authority confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment, the state-run Vietnam News reported Monday, July 29, 2019. (Nguyen Quang Hai/Vietnam News Agency via AP)
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In this Thursday, July 25, 2019, photo, customs officers at Noi Bai airport discover rhino horns concealed in plaster blocks in in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's customs authority confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment, the state-run Vietnam News reported Monday, July 29, 2019. (Nguyen Quang Hai/Vietnam News Agency via AP)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s customs authority has confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment.

The state-run Vietnam News reported Monday that the 55 pieces of horns were concealed inside plaster blocks. They were discovered Thursday.

According to the authority, the shipment was declared as non-taxable material to avoid customs check as it arrived at Hanoi’s international airport.

Vietnam and China are frequent destinations for trafficked rhino horns.

Many believe the horns can be used to cure various illnesses including cancer. But there has been no proof there is a medicinal benefit from the horns, which are made of keratin, the same component of human hair and nails.

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