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Seized sea cucumber secure: Customs

The Ministry of Customs and Revenue [M.C.R.] has assured that an intercepted container carrying $10 million worth of sea cucumber remains in their possession. 

In response to queries from the Samoa Observer, M.C.R. Chief Executive Officer, Matafeo Avalisa Viali Fautuaali’i, said: “the seized container [is] securely locked in our Customs yard”. 

The $10 million worth of sea cucumber is alleged to have been intended for export until it was intercepted by the Ministry.

Two men have been charged over allegations that they attempted to export the sea cucumber and included Chinese businessman Qinping Yan. 

Mr. Yan is facing charges of bribery of an official and is scheduled to reappear in the District Court next week. 

He was recently released on bail pending his case and was represented by lawyer Mauga Precious Chang.  

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