The seizure came after someone had tipped the authorities off that a van was carrying ivory tusks for Vietnam, he said, adding that the van was intercepted about 10 km from the border. “We seized the elephant tusks in 10 suitcases hidden in the van as the driver had escaped,” he told Xinhua, adding that it was unknown from which country the tusks were smuggled into Cambodia.
“We just know that smugglers had tried to export them to Vietnam,” he said.
Last month, customs officers arrested two Vietnamese men at the Siem Reap International Airport for smuggling 79.5 kg haul of illegal elephant tusks. They confessed that they brought those tusks from Angola and attempted to take them to Hanoi City of Vietnam.
The market price of ivory is over 2,200 U.S. dollars per kg and has more than doubled in the past five years, according to the World Wildlife Fund.