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Massive timber haul seized in S Treng

A van containing luxury wood sits a Forestry Administration compound in Tbong Khmum province on Tuesday after it was seized by authorities. Supplied
A van containing luxury wood sits a Forestry Administration compound in Tbong Khmum province on Tuesday after it was seized by authorities. Supplied

Massive timber haul seized in S Treng

Authorities have not made any arrests in relation to a massive haul of almost 2,000 pieces of luxury wood uncovered in Stung Treng’s Srah Russey commune on Monday, Minister of Environment Say Samal said yesterday.

According to the Forestry Administration’s Facebook page, Stung Treng forestry officials and military police confiscated 1,996 pieces of wood from the commune, as well as a further 54 luxury logs from Stung Treng commune.

“We are still looking into that issue. We want to know who is [committing the illegal logging],” Sam Al said.

The haul was followed by other, smaller timber busts this week. Tbong Khmum provincial deputy forestry chief Tuoth Vutha said his team had confiscated a van containing 15 logs of luxury wood in Ponhea Krek district’s Krek commune on Tuesday.

National military police have also reported significant finds in recent days, confiscating 145 pieces of luxury timber in Stung Treng’s Preah Bat commune, while Kratie provincial military police seized 51 logs in Snuol district on Monday.

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