Noi Bai International Airport Customs officers have caught two men attempting to smuggle animal products, alleged to be rhino's horns worth dozens of billions of dong, into the country.

The discovery was made when officers checked the luggage of two men arriving on a flight from Qatar.

The horns, which weigh 23.5kg, were wrapped carefully in several layers of nylon and tin foil and hidden in the suitcases of Nguyen Van Chien, 27 and Nguyen Van Than, 48.

Airport customs officers said the two men did not declare the goods and failed to produce import certificates.

As part of their elaborate deception, Chien and Than covered the horns with garlic to disguise their smell.

Samples of the horns were sent to the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology for tests to define their species.-VNA