Two people were questioned yesterday over a huge haul of endangered rosewood discovered on Tuesday at a home in Banteay Meanchey province, officials have said.
Ing Pok, Kampong Svay commune police chief, told the Post that local authorities, in cooperation with the provincial forestry administration and the anti-economic crime police, uncovered the 510 kilograms of luxury wood on Tuesday evening following a tip-off.
“The rosewood was covered with cloth at the home. We do not know where it came from or where its next destination [was set to be] yet,” he said.
According to Pok, the homeowner, 63-year-old Nhem Lan, who rents out the property, denied any involvement.
A woman who rented the property also denied knowledge of the haul, according to Chea Phally, director of the provincial forestry administration.
Phally said authorities were still searching for the owner of the timber, and had confiscated and impounded the load at his office.