Rhino horns worth $730,000 seized at Bangkok airport
BANGKOK (AFP) - A Vietnamese man was arrested with rhino horn worth more than half a million US dollars in his luggage at Bangkok's main airport, Thai officials said on Monday.
The six pieces of horn, weighing about 10.6 kilos and valued at an estimated 18 million baht (S$730,000) - are believed to have been smuggled from Mozambique, wildlife protection authorities said.
The 56-year-old suspect was detained on Sunday evening after arriving in Thailand on a flight from Ethiopia, while waiting to board a connecting flight to Hanoi.
"He left his suitcase on the baggage conveyor belt and did not check it in on purpose, so it seemed like he wanted it to be picked up by someone else," said Mr Narongrit Sookprakarn, a wildlife official at Suvarnabhumi airport.