Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Timber bust in Ratanakkiri

Timber bust in Ratanakkiri

Officials unload logs of rosewood that were seized in a bust on Wednesday in Ratanakkiri province. Photo supplied
Officials unload logs of rosewood that were seized in a bust on Wednesday in Ratanakkiri province. Photo supplied

Timber bust in Ratanakkiri

O’Yadav District Military Police in Ratanakkiri province caught two cars attempting to transport more than one and a half tonnes of rosewood and other luxury timber to Vietnam early Wednesday.

Sok Min, O’Yadav District Military Police commander, said yesterday that the cars emerged from Pak Thom village in Paknhai commune on National Route 78A, heading towards Vietnam via Banlung town, when a group of his officials managed to stop them near the O’Yadav international checkpoint.

“We chased them until near border checkpoint, but the drivers pulled out and threw away the car keys before they managed to escape at night,” Min said.

Min said the cars and logs were handed to officials at the Bakeo Forestry Administration Office the same day.

The two cars contained 560 kilograms of rosewood and 1,052 kilograms of thnong timber, according to Leng Yuk, the Bakeo Forestry Administration Office chief.

In a separate case Wednesday night, Stung Treng Provincial Military Police forces halted a minivan illegally carrying thnong timber to Vietnam via Banlung, and detained the driver and his assistant.

National Military Police identified the men as Ra Rin, 27, and his assistant Nil Nol, 23, both from Tbong Khmum province.

Kim Hongsan, spokesman for the Stung Treng Provincial Court, said the Military Police reported the case to the court, but they had not sent the two suspects to the court as of Thursday afternoon.

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