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Timber haul found in Kandal raid

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The haul of timber seized in Kandal. Supplied

Joint forces yesterday raided a Kandal province warehouse storing 20 tonnes of luxury timber.

Police said they were seeking the owner of the wood after the operation in Kien Svay district.

Forestry administration, military police, police, court prosecutors and local authority officials took part in the crackdown, which began at noon.

District deputy police chief Vong Se said the warehouse owner was not under suspicion, but officers were seeking the tenant.

“The stockpile of timber comprised of about 20 tonnes of kranhoung and thnung hardwood. There was no one there at the time of the raid. We know the owner of the warehouse had rented it to someone else,” he said.

“The anti-deforestation committee concluded the warehouse is being used to make wooden furniture. They requested a warrant for checking the place from the court.”

Tin Sochetra, spokesman for the provincial court, said the forestry administration would impound the timber while the investigation was continuing.

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