Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kratie military police seize lorries, trailers and timber

Kratie military police seize lorries, trailers and timber

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Kratie provincial military police orchestrated a three-day crack down targeting illegal loggers in the province. GRK NEWS

Kratie military police seize lorries, trailers and timber

A three-day operation by the Kratie provincial Military Police ended in the seizure of three lorries, two trailers and about four cubic meters of timber. The suspects escaped.

The GRK News website reported National Military Police chief of security unit 706, Tep Dara, as having led a mixed force to stop the unauthorised transport of timber in Keng village, Chroy Banteay commune, Prek Prasap district, Kratie province.

During the operation, a lorry carrying 126 pieces of first-grade timber equal to 3,528 cubic meters was confiscated and handed over to the Kratie Forestry Administration.

The report said that on Thursday, Kratie provincial police forces, in co-operation with the National Military Police, discovered another vehicle in Romoul village of Kampong Cham commune, Sambor district, Kratie province, but the owner escaped.

The report said Kratie provincial military police forces on Friday also investigated forest crimes in Village I, Sangkat Rokar Kandal, Kratie city, and seized two motorbike-trailers filled with mixed timber (trach and sralao). A total of 21 were sent to the forestry administration.

Kratie military police chief San Bunthan said on Sunday that Kratie provincial military police had been steadily going after forest crimes in the area last week.

Having seized the timber transport lorry, he said the suspects hid trailers for transporting logs in the forest, but the owner got away.

He said he did not remember the amount of timber and the evidence seized because he immediately ordered the authorities to send both the case and the evidence to officials at the Forestry Administration.

“When we caught all of those offences, we sent them to the officials to continue working on the case,” he said.

Kratie provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director Try Sopheak could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ratanakkiri provincial military police officials on Thursday found a total of 60 pieces of Sokrom, Srolaov and rosewood, about 20-30cm in diameter, hidden in the forest behind the Phi village of Sesan commune, O’Yadav district, but the owner wasn’t found.

A report by the National Military Police showed that on Sunday, the local military police force of O’Yadav district led by Sok Min, a local military police chief, had been investigating forest crimes in Phi village, Sesan commune, O’Yadav district, and found a pile of logs which traffickers had hauled by motorbike, hidden on a cashew farm 350m from the Phi village police station.

The report by Bou Rady, a deputy prosecutor at the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court, said the force seized 60 pieces of mixed timber such as sokrom, sralao and rosewood with sections ranging from 20-30cm in diameter. The evidence has been handed over to the Bakeo Forestry Administration.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro