Two women have been caught while transporting nearly 100 endangered turtles, Nam Tu Liem District police said yesterday.
The pair was arrested near the My Dinh Bus Station in Ha Noi on Sunday after the police found the turtles in their possession, hidden inside four backpacks.
The turtles were identified as rare Indochina box turtles, whose numbers are reportedly in sharp decline as they are extensively hunted for their meat, for use in medicines and for being kept as pets, the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources said.
The police also arrested a woman in Ha Tinh Province, who allegedly supplied the said turtles and a number of other wild animals.
The case has been transferred to the prosecutor’s office.