Vietnamese environmental police have arrested a man after discovering nearly 500 kg of wild animals, both dead and alive, being illegally kept in his house in the central province of Nghe An.
The anti-environmental crime police department in Nghe An on Thursday said they have detained Tran Gia Ngu, a 50-year-old local man, for breaching regulations on the protection of precious and rare wild animals pursuant to Article 190 of the Penal Code.
During a raid on Ngu’s house in Tam Thai Commune, Tuong Duong District on Tuesday, a police team from the department detected four large freezers that contained the bodies of endangered wild animals including 51 monkeys, 12 weasels and a cat.
Police also found 14 legs and two heads of wild boars contained in these freezers.
In addition, the team discovered two live monkeys in a cage in the back the house.
The total weight of the wild animals, wild boar parts, and the two live monkeys is nearly 500 kg, the team said.
Ngu told the police that he had bought the wild items from local residents to sell them to specialty restaurants. The team has seized the two live monkeys and all the frozen wild items and are investigating to track down their origin.
Ten days ago, police in the same province’s Thanh Chuong District detained two local men for illegally transporting and stockpiling one tiger and eight monkeys, all frozen.
The men, Nguyen Dac Sung, 51, and Nguyen Dac Phu, 19, were charged with breaching regulations on the protection of precious and rare wild animals, after they were caught illegally carrying three frozen monkeys weighing 30 kg in total packed in two sacks on January 20.
Based on their testimony, police raided the house of Phu’s mother – Nguyen Thi Nhuong, 45 – in the district’s Thanh Van commune and discovered five more dead monkeys weighing 70 kg in total and one dead tiger weighing 140 kg in a large freezer.
The police confiscated all the wild items.