Driver Busted With 53 Cobras: Cops Their meat is a delicacy in Vietnam By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Apr 22, 2013 10:57 AM CDT 14 comments Comments A car in Vietnam was carrying 53 king cobras, police say. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A driver in Vietnam was arrested over some unusual cargo. His car was slithering with snakes—53 cobras in green sacks, to be specific, police say. The driver reported being paid less than $50 to haul the animals, whose meat is a delicacy in the country, the AP reports. If that was to be their fate, their future has improved considerably: Police took them to a wildlife rescue center, and they're due to be released into the wild.