Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Timber bust at Pursat sanctuary

Timber bust at Pursat sanctuary

Timber bust at Pursat sanctuary

Some 80 cubic metres of illegal luxury timber were discovered at Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary by Military Police in Pursat province during a three-day operation that started on Monday.

Provincial Military Police Deputy Commander Nhim Ny said yesterday that authorities raided Stung Thmey village in Veal Veng district’s Pramuoy commune to uncover 132 reachkol and 159 first-grade thnong logs.

“In total, our teams discovered 77.63 cubic metres of timber,” he said.

According to Ny, the seized timber has been temporarily handed to environment officials at the sanctuary for further action, and investigations into the owners of the timber are ongoing.

He added that his task force will also be patrolling other locations to intercept forest crimes.

Koth Boran, deputy director of the Provincial Environment Department, said he has yet to receive a report on the bust from the sanctuary or the Provincial Military Police.

Em Phuong Vibol, deputy director of the sanctuary, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from

  • Sihanoukville authorities find 83 rubbish-packed containers

    Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday. The origin of the containers has yet to be ascertained, Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said. Pheaktra, who is also the ministry’s secretary of state,

  • ‘Cambodia Democracy Act’ passed by US House

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by th US president, the bill would allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking