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Vietnam police seize 100 kg ivory: state media

Vietnamese police have seized almost 100 kilograms of ivory, the second seizure of its kind in recent weeks, state media reported.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2009 15:20 IST

Vietnamese police have seized almost 100 kilograms of ivory, the second seizure of its kind in recent weeks, state media reported.

Police found the 17 pieces of ivory weighing 94 kilograms after they stopped a car travelling in the wrong lane on a highway in northern Thanh Hoa Province, the Vietnam News said, citing traffic police.

The car's owner said he was bringing the ivory from central Nghe An Province to Hanoi, the report said.

Late last month, customs officials uncovered 200 kilograms of elephant tusks illegally imported from Kenya, official media reported earlier.

Communist Vietnam banned the ivory trade in 1992 but shops can still sell stocks dating from before then. Ivory-based products sell well to buyers from both Vietnam and from elsewhere in Asia.