A Vietnamese man has been sentenced for possessing over 47 pounds of rhino horn, worth more than $1 million. The 23-year-old, named Pham Anh Tu, was caught with eight pieces of endangered black rhino horn at the Changi Airport in Singapore.
Pham was on his way to catch a flight to Laos, when an x-ray scanner spied what officials at first thought was ivory, and searched his bag. They found the horns, which his records show he paid $15,000 for in Mozambique, Straits Times of Singapore reports.
Although black rhinos are listed as critically endangered by CITES and it is illegal to export their horns without proper permits, Pham was sentenced to just 15 months jail time for the crime.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are approximately 4,880 individual black rhinos left, down from 70,000 in the 1960s. Their numbers have been decimated in the past few decades by poachers, who can make sizable profits on the black market in Asia, where their horns are often ground up and used in traditional medicine.