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Thailand | Rhino horn seizure leads to arrest of key suspect in trafficking ring

Thai authorities seized 12.5 kilograms (27.6 pounds) of rhino horn from South Africa in December, leading to the arrest of a key figure in Southeast Asia’s illicit wildlife trade.

“[This] specific ring of traffickers that we took down is behind the smuggling of at least 56.5 kg [124.6 pounds] of rhino horn from South Africa in the past four months,” Andrea Crosta, who directs the Elephant Action League, said in a statement. That amount of rhino horn could fetch $2 million or more in Chinese markets that lie beyond the reach of enforcement agencies.


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