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Thais arrest illegal loggers


BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) – Two Cambodian men were arrested yesterday with 11 blocks of rosewood in a raid on a house in the Khon Buri district of northern-eastern Thailand.
District chief Suraphan Silapasuwan, backed by police and military forces, led the search of a house in a cassava plantation.
Soldiers from the 3rd Artillery Battalion of the 2nd Army and police have been involved in tackling the illegal cutting of the protected wood.
Rosewood trees grow well in the forests of north-eastern Thailand. Each year, tonnes of the highly prized trees are felled illegally.
The search was carried out after a tip-off that the house was where illegally cut rosewood had been stored before being taken to investors.
Found in the house were undocumented Cambodians Luem Ad, 41, and Mad Heng, 24, from Sisophon province. 
With them were blocks of rosewood, each about 25cm in circumference and two meters long.
The Cambodians said the house belonged to a Thai man, aged about 30, who brought them into Thailand through a crossing point in Sa Kaeo province and then took them to Thap Lan National Park to fell rosewood trees.

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