Military police in Pursat province seized a truck loaded with more than 30 cubic metres of wood while patrolling Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary in Veal Veng district on Saturday.
Duch Samphos, deputy chief of staff with the provincial military police, said his forces found the loaded truck parked and abandoned in the forest.
“Our group was patrolling the area and saw the truck inside the sanctuary,” he said. “I joined the crackdown operation. However, we did not conduct a full measurement. We only checked the wood randomly, then we handed it over to the sanctuary because the crackdown was inside the sanctuary.”
“We could not arrest the driver or the owner because they managed to escape before our forces arrived,” he added. “We don’t know what to do next yet regarding the owner, but the first step is to just examine it and report it.”
Mr Samphos said the source of the wood and its likely destination were unclear.
“It could have been waiting to go to a particular place but we don’t know,” he said. “We saw it parked alone inside the sanctuary. We wondered why it was there, so our forces checked it and found second-grade wood for house construction.”
Eng Hy, spokesman for the National Military Police, could not be reached for comment.
However, he wrote on Facebook that joint forces of provincial and district military police, along with the National Military Police, patrolled the area and seized the truck along with 36 cubic metres of wood.