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Rhino Horns Were Seazed At OR TAMBO Weighing 160 KG

Rhino horn is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but increasingly common is its use as a status symbol to display success and wealth.

On Saturday, customs officials of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) held onto 32 bits of rhino horn, weighing 160kg.

The rhino horns were intended to be sent to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and were enclosed by bubble envelop by a shipment announced as "live plants".

Sniffer canines recognized the rhino horn in the shipment, which was found in a freight travel shed at the OR Tambo International Airport.

SARS says the South African Police Services' Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) was alarmed about the shipment, and a criminal case was opened.

There have been four rhino horn busts at the air terminal over the previous year – all destined for Malaysia. Saturday's seizure was the biggest.

Previous shipments were hidden in a geyser, as well as among coffee beans, pieces of art and print cartridges. 


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