Five people held for illegally-cut timber

Source : Khmer Times

The seized tractors and the load of timber. Nokor WatThe seized tractors and the load of timber. Nokor Wat

A joint task-force consisting of the national police and Pursat province’s Phnom Kravanh district police on Saturday arrested five people found transporting illegally-felled timber in Santre commune.

District police yesterday said that the team, led by national police officer Colonel Ou Sophara, was patrolling the area and saw five tractors transporting the timber out of the forest.

It said that the tractors were transporting 101 pieces of B-grade timber, which is equivalent to 12.015 cubic meters of logs.

It said that police handed over the seized tractors, timber and five suspects to the district forestry administration.

A district forestry administration official, who declined to be named, confirmed receiving the timber from the police.

“We are still questioning the suspects and have not yet decided on what action to take,” he said.

National military police spokesman Eng Hy said yesterday that the operation is part of an ongoing crackdown on forestry crimes across the country.

On Wednesday, 45 military police officers patrolled the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district. They found 593 large pieces of timber left inside the sanctuary, but have not yet found out who cut them down.



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