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Laos Wildlife Rescue Center, Ban Khuen (LWRC), Vientiane, Laos PDR On Tuesday 13th of December the Lao DOFI (Department of Forest Inspection) officials stopped two minivans on their way from the Mekong River bordering Thailand, after a tip-off. Inside both minivans the officials found a total of 165 Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica), totaling about 1,000 kilograms, that had been smuggled just one hour before at the Thai-Lao border at Ban Tha Deua on the Lao side and Ban Had Sai Fong in Phonpisai district of Nong Khai Province in Thailand. Two drivers and one passenger, who was identified as a middleman and known wildlife trafficker in Laos, were apprehended as they were trying to move the shipment to the Lao-China border. All three men were arrested and detained, they are currently awaiting trial. The very weak pangolins and the two minivans were taken by police and confiscated.
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