Large batch of dried sea cucumber, whose weight in terms of fresh-caught over half a ton, were seized on Sunday in Primorye border guards from the cache bus, which was returning from Russia to China, according to the Russian FSB Border management in the Primorsky Territory on Monday.
Trepang — marine invertebrate mollusks. It is on the verge of extinction because of its medicinal properties. It is believed that it is effective in the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system, has a powerful stimulant and restorative properties. Dish of cucumber are popular in Asian cuisine. On the black market in China for one kilogram of dried sea cucumber can be sold to an average of $ 350.
"Joint outfit border guards and customs inspect the checkpoint" Kraskino "bus. Service dog revealed a cache under the last row of passenger seats. Under the floor, in a process chamber, were hidden 22 convolution with seafood specialties," the report said.
It is noted that the total weight of the seized sea cucumber in terms of fresh-caught is about half a ton. Cargo transferred for trial to customs officers. Is under investigation.
Sea cucumber fishery in the Russian Far East is prohibited. However, illegal mining in Russia trepang Dozens poaching brigades. Dealers smuggling deliver catches to the black market in China.
Police officers set the channel acquisition cucumber and all the circumstances of the incident.