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VN bound Two arrested for timber smuggling

VN bound Two arrested for timber smuggling

Two Vietnamese nationals were arrested and sent to speak with officials of the Mondulkiri provincial anti-economic crime police after they tried to illegally cross the border hauling timber, according to So Chivoan, deputy bureau chief of anti-economic crime police on Sunday.

Chivoan said Vietnamese nationals Nguyen Vanthinh, 50, and Le Yong, 4, were arrested on Friday as they were hauling a door made from a protected luxury wood from Ro Yor commune in Koh Nhek district, allegedly to sell in Vietnam.

“After the arrest, the suspects and evidence were sent to environmental experts for further procedures,” he continued.

Keo Sopheak, head of environment department of in the province, told The Post both suspects were charged with “illegal hauling of forestry benefits” based on Article 59 of the Law on Protected Areas.

He added that the door was made from 0.2 cubic metres of thnong luxury wood, a species that is illegal to fell.

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