Hong Kong Announces Major Bust Of Smuggled Animal Parts

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Hong Kong Announces Major Bust Of Smuggled Animal Parts
The bust led to the seizure of thousands of pounds of both pangolin scales and suspected ivory tusks.
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In one of the largest busts in Hong Kong history, officials have seized about $8 million worth of smuggled endangered species parts.

Hong Kong's customs department announced that it had taken part in a raid that led to the seizure of thousands of pounds of both pangolin scales and suspected ivory tusks. The illicit materials were found in a container ship that was supposed to contain frozen beef from Nigeria.

As a result of the case, two employees of a Hong Kong located trading company were arrested.

According to Hong Kong customs, this was the largest amount of pangolin scales ever recovered in a bust. Pangolins are thought to be the most trafficked animal in the world.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.