Authorities in Kratie province carried out a crackdown yesterday morning on more than 20 vans allegedly transporting illegal wood from Snoul district’s Khsim commune to Vietnam.
The commune police chief said luxury wood is often smuggled in vans along National Road 76, while the groups behind the crimes have been caught before, but always resurface.
The offenders must be stopped, he added.
“The recent crackdown involved the prosecutor, district hall and provincial hall,” he said. “The vans were carrying wood to Vietnam. They carry both normal wood and luxury wood.”
“Forces stopped their vans and educated them, but it’s hard to prevent them doing it because people need money to support themselves,” he added.
“This morning, the crackdown was of a large scale because education is not working. They keep repeating their crimes.”
Touch Buny, a Chhlaung forestry administration official, said those caught in the crackdown were issued heavy fines.
“We stopped them to pay the fines according to the forestry law,” he said.
“There were about 20 vans and the wood was sent to the forestry administration office.
“After they paid the fines and we educated them, we let them go back home.”