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Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.
The haul—worth some HK$8 million ($1 million)—was transported brazenly through the terminal in two cardboard boxes, the customs department said.
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The pair had arrived from Johannesburg and were planning to transit to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, according to a statement from the department, which did not give their nationalities.
An environmental group in Hong Kong said the 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of horn was a major bust—accounting for 20 percent of the total amount of rhino horn seizures in the city in the last five years.
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Sophie le Clue, environment programme director of ADM Capital Foundation, said there was likely an organised network behind the trafficking.
"What I would like to see is less seizures and more of those who are responsible for crimes in the court—and not just the people who are carrying it," she told AFP.
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