The Tuoi Tre newspaper said restaurant owner Nguyen Thi Thanh was rendering the animal to make tiger bone paste — which sells for a few hundred dollars per ounce ($1,000 per 100 grams) and is used as a traditional pain killer.

Thanh told police after the raid that she bought the 330-pound (150-kilogram) carcass for 180 million dong ($8,500).

Police were not available for comment.

Tuoi Tre reported Tuesday that Thanh was sentenced in late 2007 to 18 months in prison for possessing carcasses of two wild tigers. Trafficking in endangered wildlife carries sentences of up to three years.

The Associated Press - January 10, 2012