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Forestry crack down clips 800 crimes

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Law enforcement officials display confiscated logging paraphernalia. supplied

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries recently issued its ninth month report, wherein it documents the success of its operations combatting illegal lumber trafficking.

A total of 846 forestry crimes were uncovered, including included land grabbing, illegal logging, and poaching.  Half of the cases were taken to court, 424 to be exact, and of these 422 resulted in the miscreants being fined.

The law enforcement agents confiscated 681 cubic meters of luxury wood; 1530 kilograms of poached meat, i.e. killed animals that are of endangered species; and 1367 captured and caged animals, many of endangered species.

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