53 king cobras in car seized by Vietnamese police

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   April 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM  |  Updated April 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM   |   Comments

April 22 (UPI) -- Vietnamese police seized dozens of king cobras after they were discovered in a car stopped for violating traffic laws Friday.

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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