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Illegal rhino horns found on NKoreans arrested in Mozambique

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MAPUTO, Mozambique, May 27 (UPI) -- Two North Koreans were arrested in Mozambique after local police discovered illegal rhinoceros horns in the trunk of their car.

The arrests occurred on May 3 in the Mozambique capital of Maputo, Voice of America reported on Thursday, Seoul time.

At the time of the arrest, police found ten pounds of rhino horn in the North Koreans' possession, as well as $99,300 in cash and about $200 of spare money in the South African currency.

In China, where demand for rhino horn is soaring, 2.2 pounds of the animal keratin can easily fetch $60,000 in the black market.

(North Koreans are able engage in the illegal trade as their diplomatic license plates exempt their vehicles from border inspection.)



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