Nguyen Van Hai told police he had been hired by a person named Hop to transport the 53 snakes from the northern province of Vinh Phuc to Hanoi, according to the Vietnam News Agency
Hai said he was paid 1 million Vietnamese dong (about $47) to deliver the snakes, which are banned from sale in Vietnam.
Another man was reportedly in the car and fled when Hai was pulled over.
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