The 39-year-old man was stopped by police on Sunday night as he transported the carcass in his car, the New Hanoi said. He was accused of violating regulations on the protection of endangered wildlife, an offence that carries up to three years in jail.

The paper quoted the man as telling police that he bought the carcass, which was smuggled into the country, for 600 million dong ($30,000) and planned to resell it for 900 million dong ($45,000).

In September, Hanoi police seized eight full tiger skeletons and other bones.

In Vietnam, tiger bones are used to make expensive traditional medicines purported to cure many illnesses.

The Associated Press - November 16, 2010