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Illegal timber seized

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The haul of timber seized. Supplied

Anti-economic crime bureau forces in Kandal province raided an illegal timber warehouse on Monday night, arresting six workers and seizing almost two cubic metres of luxury hardwood.

The crackdown came after several months of investigations carried out by Takhmao town police.

Anti-economic crime bureau chief Seng Kimthorn said the six arrested were not behind the illegal timber operation, but were employed by the owners of the warehouse, who are still at large.

“We seized 1.829 cubic meters of kranhoung hardwood and arrested six people. We are questioning them to find the owner of the warehouse,” he said.

“The town police chief had been investigating the warehouse for a long time over suspicions it was used for hiding timber.”

Kandal Provincial Court deputy prosecutor Tin Sochetra, who joined the raid, said the warehouse must be closed down because it is used for criminal purposes.

“Those arrested were just workers, porters and drivers. We are now looking for the people who were in charge,” he said.

The six suspects and the timber were sent to the provincial forestry administration, Mr Kimthorn added.

In a separate case, forces from Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district police and the forestry administration raided a warehouse yesterday afternoon, arresting two Vietnamese suspects and seizing roughly four tonnes of timber.

Chom Chao commune police chief Theng Kosal said the suspects were sent to the district police office, while the wood was sent to the forestry administration.

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