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South Africa Anti-Poaching Operation Turns Up 90 Pounds of Rhino Horns

By    |   Monday, 03 Nov 2014 08:46 AM

South Africa's anti-poaching operation resulted in two arrests over the weekend when police captured two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns.

The suspects were detained Friday night while in transit at Johannesburg's main international airport, police said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. The men had left Mozambique and were on their way to Vietnam, and their bags contained 90 pounds of rhino horn, which would be worth a fortune on the illegal market, according to the statement.

Police believe the horns came from rhinoceros in South Africa, which is struggling to stop a surge in rhino poaching. The Vietnamese suspects will appear in court on Monday, and authorities said they will investigate any South African links to what they allege is an international poaching syndicate.

Some consumers in Vietnam and China view rhino horn as a status symbol and a healing agent, despite a lack of evidence that it can cure.

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South Africa's anti-poaching operation resulted in two arrests over the weekend when police captured two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns.
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