275 pounds of rhino horn uncovered in Vietnamese shipment

Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 5:51 AM EDT
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Customs officers broke open plaster molds from 14 shipments to uncover the illegally trafficked horns, which weighed 275 pounds in total.

Vietnam has the world's largest market for illegal rhino horn, according to the World Wildlife Fund. A single horn can fetch $100,000 in Asian countries such as China and Vietnam, where buyers believe it can cure health problems from hangovers to cancer, and use it as a lifestyle drug.

The global market is thought to be worth about $500 million.